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During the month of April, the Security Council held 14 official meetings and conducted informal consultations on 11 occasions. It adopted six resolutions and two presidential statements. The President also made five statements to the press on behalf of the Council.
On 4 April, the President briefed the press on the work programme of the Council for this month. The President also held meetings, respectively, with the President of the General Assembly and the President of the Economic and Social Council, briefing them on the work of the Security Council.
Through its website ( www.china-un.org), the presidency published in a regular and timely fashion the programme of work of the Council as well as activities carried out by the Council in April.
On 21 April, the Council heard a monthly briefing on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. The Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Kieran Prendergast, stated that the revived peace process was still fragile and doubts and suspicions still needed to be dispelled about both Israeli intentions and Palestinian resolve and capabilities. Israel’s planned disengagement from Gaza and the northern West Bank would be a landmark in Israeli-Palestinian relations, and he urged both sides to ensure that it happened in a coordinated way and that it would not become a dead end but contribute to the momentum for peace. Mr. Prendergast also touched on the situation in Lebanon. Afterwards, members of the Council held informal consultations and agreed in general with the assessment of the situation by the Under-Secretary-General.
On 7 April, the Council unanimously adopted resolution 1595 (2005), establishing an international independent investigation Commission to investigate the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, and calling on all States and parties to cooperate with the Commission fully.
On 29 April, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General, Terje Roed Larsen, briefed the Council on the first semi-annual report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of resolution 1559 (2004). Mr. Larsen expressed his welcome to the letter from the Government of Syria to the Secretary-General formally notifying him that Syria had completed its withdrawal of all its troops from Lebanon. While stating that the parties concerned had made noticeable and significant progress towards implementing some of the provisions contained in resolution 1559 (2005), Mr. Larsen also said that regarding the implementation of other provisions of the resolution the parties had made no progress. He also noted that a full implementation of all requirements of the resolution would help enable the people of Lebanon and of the entire region to begin setting aside the past. Afterwards, members of the Council held informal consultations.