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UNITED
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        General Assembly
A/56/2
30 June 2001

General Assembly
Official Records
Fifty-sixth Session
Supplement No. 2 (A/56/2)



Report of the Security Council

16 June 2000-15 June 2001

General Assembly

Official Records
Fifty-sixth Session
Supplement No. 2 (A/56/2)




ISSN 0082-8238

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Introduction

The present report, covering the period from 16 June 2000 to 15 June 2001, is submitted to the General Assembly by the Security Council in accordance with Article 24, paragraph 3, and Article 15, paragraph 1, of the Charter of the United Nations. It is the fifty-sixth annual report of the Security Council to the General Assembly. These reports are circulated as Supplement No. 2 to the Official Records of each regular session of the General Assembly.

As in previous years, the report is intended as a guide to the activities of the Security Council during the period covered. It should be noted, in this connection, that in December 1974 the Council decided to make its report shorter and more concise, without changing its basic structure (see Official Records of the Security Council, Twenty-ninth Year, Supplement for October, November and December 1974 , document S/11586). Moreover, in January 1985, the Council agreed, in keeping with the spirit of its 1974 decision, to discontinue the practice of summarizing documents addressed to the President of the Council or to the Secretary-General and circulated as documents of the Council and instead simply to indicate the subject matter of those documents which related to the procedure of the Council (see Resolutions and Decisions of the Security Council, 1985 , part II, document S/16913).

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Chapter 2
Items relating to the situation in the Middle East

A. The situation in the Middle East

1. United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and developments in the Israel-Lebanon sector

(a) Background information for the period from 16 June 1999 to 15 June 2000

Resolution 1254 (1999)
of 30 July 1999
The Security Council, inter alia, decided to extend the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for a further period of six months, until 31 January 2000.
Presidential statement
(S/PRST/1999/24)
of 30 July 1999
The Security Council, inter alia, again stressed the urgent need for the implementation of resolution 425 (1978) in all its aspects; expressed its concern over the continuing violence in southern Lebanon; regretted the loss of civilian life; and urged all parties to exercise restraint.
Resolution 1288 (2000) of 31 January 2000The Security Council, inter alia, decided to extend the mandate of UNIFIL for a further period of six months, until 31 July 2000.
Presidential statement
(S/PRST/2000/3)
of 31 January 2000
The Security Council, inter alia, again stressed the urgent need for the implementation of resolution 425 (1978) in all its aspects; expressed its concern over the continuing violence in southern Lebanon; regretted the loss of civilian life; and urged all parties to exercise restraint.
Presidential statement (S/PRST/2000/13)
of 20 April 2000
The Security Council, inter alia, endorsed the decision of the Secretary-General to initiate preparations to enable the United Nations to carry out its responsibilities under resolutions 425 (1978) and 426 (1978), as described in his letter of 17 April 2000; welcomed his decision to send his Special Envoy to the region as soon as practicable; and encouraged all parties to cooperate fully in the complete implementation of resolutions 425 (1978) and 426 (1978).
Presidential statement
(S/PRST/2000/18)
of 23 May 2000
The Security Council, inter alia, welcomed and strongly endorsed the report of the Secretary-General (S/2000/460); stressed again the importance of and the need to achieve a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, based on all its relevant resolutions, including its resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973); welcomed the intention of the Secretary-General to take all necessary measures to enable UNIFIL to confirm that a complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon had taken place in compliance with its resolution 425 (1978), and to take all necessary steps in order to deal with possible eventualities, bearing in mind that the cooperation of all parties would be essential; welcomed the intention of the Secretary-General to report on the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon, in accordance with resolution 425 (1978); fully endorsed the requirements put forward by the Secretary-General for confirming the compliance of all parties concerned with its resolution 425 (1978), called on all parties concerned to cooperate fully in implementing the recommendations of the Secretary-General, and requested the Secretary-General to report on their fulfilment of the requirements when he reported on the withdrawal; and welcomed the decision of the Secretary-General to send his Special Envoy back to the region immediately to ensure that the requirements put forward by the Secretary-General were met and to ensure the commitment of all the parties concerned to cooperate fully with the United Nations in the complete implementation of its resolutions 425 (1978) and 426 (1978).

(b) Consideration by the Security Council from 16 June 2000 to 22 May 2001

Meetings of the Council : 4160 (18 June 2000); 4177 (27 July 2000); 4267 (30 January 2001).

Resolutions adopted : 1310 (2000); 1337 (2001).

Presidential statements: S/PRST/2000/21.

Verbatim records : S/PV.4160; S/PV.4177; S/PV.4267.

Consultations of the whole : 16-18, 22 and 26 June; 3, 5, 25 and 27 July; 3 and 10 August; 7 and 26 October; 14 November 2000; 29 January; 2 and 16 February; 18 April; 16 and 22 May 2001.

At the informal consultations of the whole of the Security Council held on 16 June 2000, the members of the Council received briefings by the Secretary-General and the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations on the withdrawal of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon in compliance with Security Council resolution 425 (1978).

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 17 and 18 June 2000, the members of the Council received briefings by the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Middle East peace process on developments in southern Lebanon, and the activities of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

At the 4160th meeting, held on 18 June 2000 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East”, having before it the report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Security Council resolutions 425 (1978) and 426 (1978) (S/2000/590 and Corr.1).

Statements were made by the representatives of the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The meeting was suspended.

Upon the resumption of the meeting, the President made a statement on behalf of the Council (S/PRST/2000/21), in which the Council, inter alia, welcomed the report of the Secretary-General of 16 June 2000 (S/2000/590 and Corr.1) and endorsed the work done by the United Nations as mandated by the Security Council, including the Secretary-General’s conclusion that as of 16 June 2000 Israel had withdrawn its forces from Lebanon in accordance with resolution 425 (1978) and met the requirements defined in the Secretary-General’s report of 22 May 2000 (S/2000/460); called on the Government of Lebanon to ensure the return of its effective authority and presence in the south, noted that the United Nations could not assume law and order functions which were properly the responsibility of the Government of Lebanon; welcomed the measures taken by the Secretary-General and the troop-contributing countries relating to UNIFIL augmentation, in accordance with paragraph 32 of the report of the Secretary-General of 22 May 2000. (For the full text of S/PRST/2000/21, see appendix VI.)

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 26 June 2000, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Secretary-General, via teleconference, on his visit to the Middle East from 17 to 23 June, in particular on his discussions with various regional actors concerning the situation in southern Lebanon; reconstruction and development of the area; the deployment of UNIFIL to the withdrawal line; and the monitoring mechanism.

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 3 July 2000, the members of the Council received briefings by the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and the Chief of the Cartographic Section regarding the establishment of the Blue Line in southern Lebanon, as well as field trips to Israel and Lebanon by the Cartographic Section.

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 25 July 2000, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Secretary-General on the situation in southern Lebanon, in particular the deployment of UNIFIL closer to the border with Israel, and the question of Lebanese prisoners in Israeli jails.

At the 4177th meeting, held on 27 July 2000 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East”, having before it the report of the Secretary-General on UNIFIL (S/2000/718) and a letter dated 24 July 2000 from the Secretary-General to the President of the Security Council (S/2000/731).

The President drew attention to a draft resolution (S/2000/741) that had been prepared in the course of the Council’s prior consultations, which he put to the vote.

Decision: At the 4177th meeting, on 27 July 2000, draft resolution S/2000/741 was adopted unanimously as resolution 1310 (2000).

By resolution 1310 (2000), the Security Council, inter alia, endorsed the understanding, mentioned in the report of the Secretary-General of 20 July 2000 (S/2000/718), that UNIFIL would deploy and function fully throughout its area of operations and that the Government of Lebanon would strengthen its presence in that area, by deploying additional troops and internal security forces; decided, in that context, to extend the present mandate of UNIFIL for a further period of six months, until 31 January 2001; welcomed the statement in the letter dated 24 July 2000 from the Secretary-General to the President of the Security Council (S/2000/731) that, as of that date, the Government of Israel had removed all violations of the withdrawal line; called on the Government of Lebanon to ensure the return of its effective authority and presence in the south, and in particular to proceed with a significant deployment of the Lebanese armed forces as soon as possible; welcomed the intention of the Secretary-General to submit to the Council by 31 October 2000 a report on progress towards achieving the objectives of resolution 425 (1978) and towards completion by UNIFIL of the tasks originally assigned to it, and requested the Secretary-General to include in that report recommendations on the tasks that could be carried out by the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO); and decided to review the situation, by early November 2000, and to consider any steps it deemed appropriate regarding UNIFIL, on the basis of that report, the extent of the deployment of UNIFIL and the actions taken by the Government of Lebanon to restore its effective authority and presence in the area, in particular through a significant deployment of the Lebanese armed forces. (For the full text of resolution 1310 (2000), see appendix V.)

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 3 August 2000, the members of the Council received a clarification by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations on the weekly report on the violations of the Blue Line.

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 29 January 2001, the members of the Council took up the report of the Secretary-General on UNIFIL (S/2001/66). The members of the Council also received a briefing by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, who introduced the report of the Secretary-General, on two incidents in the Shab’a farms area on 18 and 26 January 2001 respectively, resulting in two deaths and two injuries, as well as the meeting of the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General and the President of Lebanon, Emile Lahoud.

At the 4267th meeting, held on 30 January 2001 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East”, having before it the report of the Secretary-General on UNIFIL (S/2001/66).

The President drew attention to a draft resolution (S/2001/87) that had been prepared in the course of the Council’s prior consultations, which he put to the vote.

Decision: At the 4267th meeting, on 30 January 2001, draft resolution S/2001/87 was adopted unanimously as resolution 1337 (2001).

By resolution 1337 (2001), the Security Council, inter alia, welcomed the report of the Secretary-General on UNIFIL of 22 January 2001 (S/2001/66), endorsed his observations and recommendations; decided to extend the present mandate of UNIFIL for a further period of six months, until 31 July 2001; decided to return the military personnel of UNIFIL to the operational level referred to in paragraph 24 of the Secretary-General’s report of 22 January 2001 by 31 July; requested that the Secretary-General take the necessary measures to implement that decision, including taking into account the upcoming rotations of the battalions, in consultation with the Government of Lebanon and the troop-contributing countries; requested the Secretary-General to continue consultations with the Government of Lebanon and other parties directly concerned on the implementation of the resolution and to report to the Security Council thereon; endorsed the general approach for reconfiguration of UNIFIL, as outlined in paragraph 23 of the report of the Secretary-General of 22 January 2001; requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Council a detailed report by 30 April 2001 on UNIFIL reconfiguration plans and on the tasks that could be carried out by UNTSO; decided to review the situation by early May 2001 and to consider any steps it deemed appropriate regarding UNIFIL and UNTSO, on the basis of that report. (For the full text of resolution 1337 (2001), see appendix V.)

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 2 February 2001, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Secretariat on the latest developments in the southern Lebanon village of Ghajar, in particular the activities of UNIFIL, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General.

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 16 February 2001, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations on the attack, on 16 February, by Hizbollah across the Blue Line into the Israeli-occupied Shab’a farms area, which had resulted in the hitting of one Israeli Defence Force vehicle, the death of one Israeli soldier and the wounding of two others; and retaliation by the Israeli Defence Forces with heavy mortar and artillery fire into Lebanon in the vicinity of Kafr Shuba.

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 18 April 2001, the members of the Council heard a briefing by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations on the military attacks across the Blue Line of 14 and 16 April, which involved the firing by Hizbollah of two missiles at an Israeli Defence Force tank in the Shab’a farms area and a retaliatory attack by the Israeli airforce against a Syrian radar position in the Bekaa Valley.

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 16 May 2001, the members of the Council took up the report of the Secretary-General on UNIFIL (S/2001/423), which was introduced by the Secretariat.

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 22 May 2001, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Secretary-General on the situation in the Middle East, inter alia, on the volatile situation along the borders of Lebanon, Israel and the Syrian Arab Republic.

(c) Communications received from 16 June 2000 to 15 June 2001 and reports of the Secretary-General

Report of the Secretary-General dated 16 June 2000 on the implementation of Security Council resolutions 425 (1978) and 426 (1978) (S/2000/590 and Corr.1), submitted pursuant to his report of 22 May 2000 (S/2000/460), informing the Council that Israel had met the requirements defined in that report and that he was, therefore, in a position to confirm that Israeli forces had withdrawn from Lebanon in compliance with resolution 425 (1978).

Letter dated 19 June (S/2000/599) from the President of the Security Council addressed to the Secretary-General, informing him that his letter dated 14 June 2000 (S/2000/598) had been brought to the attention of the members of the Council and that they took note of the proposal contained therein.

Letter dated 24 June (S/2000/624) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 27 June (S/2000/626) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 29 June (S/2000/638) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 6 July (S/2000/661) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 11 July (S/2000/674) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 13 July (S/2000/689) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 17 July (S/2000/700) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 18 July (S/2000/715) from the representative of Japan addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the conclusions adopted by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of Eight at Miyazaki, Japan, on 13 July 2000.

Report of the Secretary-General dated 20 July on UNIFIL (S/2000/718), submitted in pursuance of Security Council resolution 1288 (2000), describing developments since his report of 17 January 2000 (S/2000/28) and recommending that the mandate of UNIFIL be extended for a further interim period of six months, until 31 January 2001.

Letter dated 24 July (S/2000/731) from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council, informing the Council that the Israeli authorities had removed all violations of the line of withdrawal and that the Lebanese authorities had given their consent to the full deployment of UNIFIL, to be carried out on 26 July and to be immediately followed by the deployment of the composite Lebanese unit.

Letter dated 26 July (S/2000/746) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the twenty-seventh session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers, held at Kuala Lumpur from 27 to 30 June 2000.

Letter dated 1 August (S/2000/759) from the representative of Japan addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement on regional issues adopted by the Group of Eight at the summit meeting held at Okinawa, Japan, from 21 to 23 July 2000.

Letter dated 4 August (S/2000/769) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 4 August (S/2000/778) from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council, informing him that he had decided to appoint Rolf G. Knutsson as his Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon.

Letter dated 8 August (S/2000/779) from the President of the Security Council addressed to the Secretary-General, informing him that his letter dated 4 August 2000 (S/2000/778) had been brought to the attention of the members of the Council and that they took note of the decision contained therein.

Letter dated 11 August (S/2000/794) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General, and enclosures.

Letter dated 15 August (S/2000/805) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 7 September (S/2000/868) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué and recommendations adopted by the Al-Quds Committee at its eighteenth session, held at Agadir, Morocco, on 28 August 2000.

Letter dated 7 October (S/2000/969) from the representative of Israel addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 19 October (S/2000/1002) from the representative of Israel addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 23 October (S/2000/1011) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 23 October (S/2000/1021) from the representative of South Africa addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final documents of the meeting of Minister for Foreign Affairs and head of delegation of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, held in New York on 14 September 2000.

Letter dated 24 October (S/2000/1020) from the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Interim report of the Secretary-General dated 31 October on UNIFIL (S/2000/1049), submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1310 (2000), and describing progress towards achieving the objectives of resolution 425 (1978) and towards completion by UNIFIL of the tasks originally assigned to it.

Letter dated 2 November (S/2000/1066) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General, and enclosure.

Letter dated 6 November (S/2000/1071) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 10 November (S/2000/1087) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 17 November (S/2000/1102) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 26 November (S/2000/1118) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 26 November (S/2000/1121) from the representative of Israel addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 1 December (S/2000/1145) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 6 December (S/2000/1167) from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council, informing him of his decision to appoint Staffan de Mistura as his Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon.

Letter dated 8 December (S/2000/1168) from the President of the Security Council addressed to the Secretary-General, informing him that his letter dated 6 December 2000 (S/2000/1167) had been brought to the attention of the members of the Council and that they had taken note of the decision contained therein.

Letter dated 8 December (S/2000/1172) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 20 December (S/2000/1223) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 21 December (S/2000/1236) from the representative of Qatar addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting documents of the ninth session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session of Peace and Development), held at Doha from 12 to 14 November 2000.

Letter dated 29 December (S/2000/1258) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 31 December (S/2001/1) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 5 January 2001 (S/2001/14) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 15 January (S/2001/43) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 17 January (S/2001/55) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 17 January (S/2001/56) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 17 January (S/2001/62) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Report of the Secretary-General dated 22 January on UNIFIL (S/2001/66), submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1310 (2000), describing developments since his last report (S/2000/1049) and recommending that the mandate of UNIFIL be extended until 31 July 2001.

Identical letters dated 2 February (S/2001/99) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 5 February (S/2001/110) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 6 February (S/2001/111) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 16 February (S/2001/142) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 21 February (S/2001/164) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 1 March (S/2001/184) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 19 March (S/2001/243) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 29 March (S/2001/292) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter dated 23 March 2001 from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Lebanon to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 2 April (S/2001/313) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 6 April (S/2001/342) from the representative of Jordan addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the Thirteenth Arab Summit Conference, held at Amman on 28 and 29 March 2001, and the Amman Declaration.

Letter dated 10 April (S/2001/344) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 12 April (S/2001/355) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 16 April (S/2001/362) from the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement issued on the same date by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Letter dated 16 April (S/2001/367) from the representative of Israel addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 17 April (S/2001/371) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Lebanon to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 18 April (S/2001/375) from the representative of the United Arab Emirates addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a press communiqué issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates.

Note verbale dated 18 April (S/2001/383) from the Permanent Mission of Qatar to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement issued on 16 April 2001 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar.

Letter dated 18 April (S/2001/385) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Note verbale dated 23 April (S/2001/407) from the Permanent Mission of Yemen to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Yemen.

Interim report of the Secretary-General dated 30 April on UNIFIL (S/2001/423), submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1337 (2001), describing developments since his last report (S/2001/66) and recommending that UNIFIL maintain its strength level at 3,600 until January 2002.

Letter dated 30 April (S/2001/430) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 2 May (S/2001/438 and Corr.1) from the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 7 May (S/2001/444) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 8 May (S/2001/454) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 9 May (S/2001/464) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 14 May (S/2001/476) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 14 May (S/2001/478) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 17 May (S/2001/502) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General, and enclosure.

Letter dated 18 May (S/2001/500) from the President of the Security Council addressed to the Secretary-General, informing him that the members of the Council, having considered his interim report on UNIFIL (S/2001/423), endorsed in general the technical reconfiguration approach for UNIFIL set out therein and would review regularly the state of reconfiguration in view of developments on the ground and in consultation with the Government of Lebanon.

Letter dated 29 May (S/2001/530) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 29 May (S/2001/531) from the representative of Lebanon addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 29 May (S/2001/543) from the representative of Qatar addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the extraordinary meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the States members of OIC, held at Doha on 26 May 2001; and addendum thereto dated 11 June

(S/2001/543/Add.1), transmitting the statement made by the Emir of Qatar at that meeting.

Letter dated 4 June (S/2001/558) from the representative of Bahrain addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the seventy-ninth session of the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council, held at Jeddah on 2 and 3 June 2001.

2. United Nations Disengagement Observer Force

(a) Background information for the period from 16 June 1999 to 15 June 2000

Resolution 1276 (1999)
of 24 November 1999
The Security Council, inter alia, decided to renew the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) for another period of six months, that is, until 31 May 2000.
Presidential statement
(S/PRST/1999/33)
of 24 November 1999
The Security Council, inter alia, stated that the statement in paragraph 10 of the Secretary-General’s report on UNDOF (S/1999/1175) reflected the view of the Security Council.
Resolution 1300 (2000)
of 31 May 2000
The Security Council, inter alia, decided to renew the mandate of UNDOF for another period of six months, until 30 November 2000.
Presidential statement
(S/PRST/2000/19)
of 31 May 2000
The Security Council, inter alia, stated that the statement in paragraph 11 of the Secretary-General’s report on UNDOF (S/2000/459) reflected the view of the Security Council.

(b) Consideration by the Security Council from 27 November 2000 to 30 May 2001

Meetings of the Council: 4235 (27 November 2000); 4322 (30 May 2001).

Resolutions adopted : 1328 (2000); 1351 (2001).

Presidential statements : S/PRST/2000/36; S/PRST/2001/15.

Verbatim records : S/PV.4235; S/PV.4322.

Consultations of the whole: 27 November 2000; 23 and 29 May 2001.

At the informal consultations of the whole of the Security Council held on 27 November 2000, the members of the Council took up the report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (S/2000/1103).

At the 4235th meeting, held on 27 November 2000 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East”, having before it the report of the Secretary-General on UNDOF (S/2000/1103).

The President drew attention to a draft resolution (S/2000/1124) that had been prepared in the course of the Council’s prior consultations, which he put to the vote.

Decision: At the 4235th meeting, on 27 November 2000, draft resolution S/2000/1124 was adopted unanimously as resolution 1328 (2000).

By resolution 1328 (2000), the Security Council, inter alia, decided to renew the mandate of UNDOF for another period of six months, that is, until 31 May 2001. (For the full text of resolution 1328 (2000), see appendix V.)

At the same meeting, the President made a statement on behalf of the Council (S/PRST/2000/36), in which the Council, inter alia, stated that the statement in paragraph 11 of the Secretary-General’s report on UNDOF (S/2000/1103) reflected the view of the Security Council. (For the full text of S/PRST/2000/36, see appendix VI.)

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 23 May 2001, the members of the Council took up the report of the Secretary-General on UNDOF (S/2001/499). The members of the Council also received a briefing by a representative of the Secretariat, who introduced the report, on the developments in the area of UNDOF operations.

At the 4322nd meeting, held on 30 May 2001 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East”, having before it the report of the Secretary-General on UNDOF (S/2001/499).

The President drew attention to a draft resolution (S/2001/523) that had been prepared in the course of the Council’s prior consultations, which he put to the vote.

Decision: At the 4322nd meeting, on 30 May 2001, draft resolution S/2001/523 was adopted unanimously as resolution 1351 (2001).

By resolution 1351 (2001), the Security Council, inter alia, decided to renew the mandate of UNDOF for another period of six months, until 30 November 2001. (For the full text of resolution 1351 (2001), see appendix V.)

At the same meeting, the President made a statement on behalf of the Council (S/PRST/2001/15), in which the Council, inter alia, stated that the statement in paragraph 11 of the Secretary-General’s report on UNDOF (S/2001/499) reflected the view of the Security Council. (For the full text of S/PRST/2001/15, see appendix VI.)

(c) Communications received from 6 July 2000 to 15 June 2001 and reports of the Secretary-General

Letter dated 6 July 2000 (S/2000/664) from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council, informing the Council of his intention to appoint Major General Bo Wranker (Sweden) to the post of Force Commander of UNDOF with effect from 1 August 2000.

Letter dated 10 July (S/2000/665) from the President of the Security Council addressed to the Secretary-General, informing him that his letter dated 6 July 2000 (S/2000/664) had been brought to the attention of the members of the Council and that they took note of the intention contained therein.

Letter dated 7 September (S/2000/868) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué and recommendations adopted by the Al-Quds Committee at its eighteenth session, held at Agadir, Morocco, on 28 August 2000.

Letter dated 23 October (S/2000/1021) from the representative of South Africa addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final documents of the meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs and heads of delegation of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, held in New York on 14 September 2000.

Report of the Secretary-General dated 17 November on UNDOF (S/2000/1103), describing the activities of UNDOF during the period from 23 May to 21 November 2000 in pursuance of the mandate contained in Security Council resolution 350 (1974) and extended in subsequent resolutions, most recently resolution 1300 (2000), and recommending that the mandate of UNDOF be extended for a further period of six months, until 31 May 2001.

Note verbale dated 28 February 2001 (S/2001/180) from the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter dated 21 February 2001 from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Syrian Arab Republic to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 2 May (S/2001/438 and Corr.1) from the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 3 May (S/2001/440) from the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a note verbale of the same date from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General.

Report of the Secretary-General dated 18 May on UNDOF (S/2001/499), describing the activities of UNDOF during the period from 22 November 2000 to 18 May 2001 in pursuance of the mandate contained in Security Council resolution 350 (1974) and extended in subsequent resolutions, most recently resolution 1328 (2000), and recommending that the mandate of UNDOF be extended for a further period of six months, until 30 November 2001.

Letter dated 29 May (S/2001/527) from the representative of the Syrian Arab Republic addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 29 May (S/2001/543) from the representative of Qatar addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the extraordinary meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the States members of OIC, held at Doha on 26 May 2001; and addendum thereto dated 11 June (S/2001/543/Add.1), transmitting the statement made by the Emir of Qatar at that meeting.

Letter dated 4 June (S/2001/558) from the representative of Bahrain addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the seventy-ninth session of the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council, held at Jeddah on 2 and 3 June 2001.

3. Other aspects of the situation in the Middle East

Communications received from 19 June 2000 to 15 June 2001

Letter dated 19 June 2000 (S/2000/600) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 7 September (S/2000/868) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué and recommendations adopted by the Al-Quds Committee at its eighteenth session, held at Agadir, Morocco, on 28 August 2000.

Letter dated 23 October (S/2000/1010) from the representative of Egypt addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the Extraordinary Arab Summit held at Cairo on 21 and 22 October 2000.

Letter dated 1 November (S/2000/1067) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the annual coordination meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the States members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), held at United Nations Headquarters on 18 September 2000.

Letter dated 21 December (S/2000/1236) from the representative of Qatar addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting documents of the ninth session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session of Peace and Development), held at Doha from 12 to 14 November 2000.

Letter dated 9 March 2001 (S/2001/210) from the representative of Qatar addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement issued on the same date by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar.

Letter dated 29 May (S/2001/543) from the representative of Qatar addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the extraordinary meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the States members of OIC, held at Doha on 26 May 2001; and addendum thereto dated 11 June (S/2001/543/Add.1), transmitting the statement made by the Emir of Qatar at that meeting.

Letter dated 4 June (S/2001/558) from the representative of Bahrain addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the seventy-ninth session of the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council, held at Jeddah on 2 and 3 June 2001.

B. The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

1. Consideration by the Security Council from 3 October 2000 to 22 May 2001

Meetings of the Council : 4204 (3-5 October 2000); 4205 (7 October 2000); 4217 (10 November 2000); 4218 (10 November 2000); 4231 (22 November 2000); 4233 (27 November 2000); 4234 (27 November 2000); 4248 (18 December 2000); 4292 (14 March 2001); 4293 (14 March 2001); 4295 (15 and 19 March 2001); 4305 (27 March 2001).

Resolutions adopted : 1322 (2000).

Presidential statements: none.

Verbatim records : S/PV.4204 and Corr.1; S/PV.4204 (Resumption 1); S/PV.4204 (Resumption 2) and Corr.1; S/PV.4205; S/PV.4217 [communiqué]; S/PV.4218 [communiqué] ; S/PV.4231; S/PV.4233 [communiqué]; S/PV.4234 [communiqué]; S/PV.4248; S/PV.4292 [communiqué]; S/PV.4293 [communiqué]; S/PV.4295; S/PV.4295 (Resumption 1); S/PV.4295 (Resumption 2); S/PV.4305.

Consultations of the whole : 5-7, 12, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25-27 and 31 October; 2, 8, 9, 21, 28 and
29 November; 4-8, 11, 13, 15 and 18 December 2000; 9, 12, 14, 16, 20-27 March; 12 and 20 April; 15, 17, 21, 22 and 29 May 2001.

At the 4204th meeting, held on 3, 4 and 5 October 2000 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council included in its agenda the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”, having before it letters dated 2 October 2000 from the Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2000/928); from the Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2000/929); from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council (S/2000/930); from the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2000/934); and from the Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2000/935).

The President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representatives of Algeria, Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mauritania, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey and Yemen, at their request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.

The President drew attention to a letter dated 3 October 2000 from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations (S/2000/938), requesting an invitation to participate in the meeting in accordance with the Council’ ;s previous practice. In accordance with the provisional rules of procedure and the previous practice in that regard, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the Permanent Observer of Palestine to participate in the discussion.

The Council heard a statement by the Permanent Observer of Palestine.

The representative of Israel made a statement.

The Council heard statements by the representatives of the United States of America, France, Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Malaysia, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Argentina, Jamaica, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, China, Canada, Tunisia and Mali, and by the President, speaking in his capacity as the representative of Namibia.

Statements were then made by the representatives of Egypt and South Africa.

The meeting was suspended.

Upon the resumption of the meeting on 4 October 2000, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representatives of Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, the Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Viet Nam, at their request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.

In response to the request contained in a letter dated 2 October 2000 from the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the President extended an invitation under rule 39 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure to Ibra Deguène Ka, Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

In response to the request contained in a letter dated 3 October 2000 from the Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations (S/2000/939), the President, with the consent of the Council, extended an invitation under rule 39 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure to Hussein Hassouna, Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations.

In response to the request contained in a letter dated 3 October 2000 from the Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations (S/2000/951), the President, with the consent of the Council, extended an invitation under rule 39 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure to Mokhtar Lamani, Permanent Observer of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to the United Nations.

The Council then heard statements by the representatives of Algeria, Pakistan and Jordan.

In accordance with the decision taken earlier in the meeting, the Council heard a statement under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure by the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

The Council then heard statements by the representatives of Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Yemen, India, Iraq and Mauritania.

In accordance with the decision taken earlier in the meeting, the Council heard a statement under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure by the Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States.

The Council then heard a statement by the representative of Turkey.

The meeting was suspended.

Upon the resumption of the meeting on 5 October 2000, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representatives of Malta and Spain, at their request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.

In response to the request contained in a letter dated 5 October 2000 from the Permanent Representative of Togo to the United Nations (S/2000/958), the President extended an invitation under rule 39 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure to Amadou Kébé, Permanent Observer of the Organization of African Unity to the United Nations.

The Council then heard statements by the representatives of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, the Sudan, Indonesia, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

In accordance with the decision taken earlier in the meeting, the Council heard a statement under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure by the Permanent Observer of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

The Council heard statements by the representatives of Japan, Morocco, Lebanon, Nepal and Viet Nam.

In accordance with the decision taken earlier in the meeting, the Council heard a statement under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure by the Permanent Observer of the Organization of African Unity.

The Council then heard statements by the representatives of Spain and Malta.

The representative of Israel made a further statement.

The Permanent Observer of Palestine made a further statement.

At the informal consultations of the whole of the Security Council held on 7 October 2000, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Secretary-General on his involvement in efforts to resolve the Middle East crisis during his recent visit to Paris.

At the 4205th meeting, held on 7 October 2000 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”, having before it the letters dated 2 October 2000 from the Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2000/928); from the Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2000/929); from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council (S/2000/930); from the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2000/934); and from the Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2000/935).

In accordance with the decision taken at the 4204th meeting, the President invited the Permanent Observer of Palestine to participate in the meeting.

The President drew attention to a draft resolution (S/2000/963) submitted by Bangladesh, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mali, Namibia, Tunisia and Ukraine, which he put to the vote.

Decision: At the 4205th meeting, on 7 October 2000, draft resolution S/2000/963 was adopted as resolution 1322 (2000) by 14 votes in favour (Argentina, Bangladesh, Canada, China, France, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mali, Namibia, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) to none against, with 1 abstention (United States of America).

By resolution 1322 (2000), the Security Council, inter alia, deplored the provocation carried out at Al-Haram Al-Sharif in Jerusalem on 28 September 2000, and the subsequent violence there and at other Holy Places, as well as in other areas throughout the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, resulting in over 80 Palestinian deaths and many other casualties; condemned acts of violence, especially the excessive use of force against Palestinians, resulting in injury and loss of human life; called upon Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and its responsibilities under the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949; called for the immediate cessation of violence, and for all necessary steps to be taken to ensure that violence ceased, that new provocative actions were avoided, and that the situation returned to normality in a way which promoted the prospects for the Middle East peace process; stressed the importance of establishing a mechanism for a speedy and objective inquiry into the tragic events of the past few days with the aim of preventing their repetition, and welcomed any efforts in that regard; called for the immediate resumption of negotiations within the Middle East peace process on its agreed basis with the aim of achieving an early final settlement between the Israeli and Palestinian sides; and invited the Secretary-General to continue to follow the situation and to keep the Council informed. (For the full text of resolution 1322 (2000), see appendix V.)

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 20 October 2000, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Secretary-General on his efforts to resolve the crisis in the Middle East.

At the 4217th meeting, held in private on 10 November 2000 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”. At the close of the meeting, the Council issued an official communiqué (S/PV.4217).

In accordance with the understanding reached in the Council’s prior consultations, and with the consent of the Council, the President extended an invitation to Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization and President of the Palestinian Authority.

The members of the Council and President Arafat had a constructive discussion.

At the 4218th meeting, held in private on 10 November 2000 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”. At the close of the meeting, the Council issued an official communiqué (S/PV.4218).

The President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representative of Israel, at his request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.

The members of the Council and the representative of Israel had a constructive discussion.

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 21 November 2000, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs on the planned meeting between the Secretary-General and the head of the Fact-finding Committee, and on the incident in the Gaza Strip on 20 November 2000.

At the 4231st meeting, held on 22 November 2000 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”, having before it a letter dated 21 November 2000 from the Permanent Representative of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2000/1109).

The President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representatives of Cuba, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and South Africa, at their request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.

The President drew attention to a letter dated 22 November 2000 from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations (S/2000/1107), requesting an invitation to participate in the meeting in accordance with the Council’s previous practice. In accordance with the provisional rules of procedure and the previous practice in that regard, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations to participate in the discussion.

The Council heard a statement by the Permanent Observer of Palestine.

The representative of Israel made a statement.

Statements were made by the representatives of the United States of America, the Russian Federation, France, Mali, Bangladesh, China, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Jamaica, Tunisia, Namibia, Argentina, Ukraine, Malaysia and Canada, and by the President, speaking in his capacity as the representative of the Netherlands.

Statements were then made by the representatives of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, South Africa, Egypt, Jordan and Cuba.

The representative of Israel and the Permanent Observer of Palestine made further statements.

At the 4233rd meeting, held in private on 27 November 2000 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”, having before it a letter dated 22 November 2000 from the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2000/1111). At the close of the meeting, the Council issued an official communiqué (S/PV.4233).

In accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council met with the Ministerial Committee of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

The members of the Council and the Ministerial Committee had a constructive discussion.

At the 4234th meeting, held in private on 27 November 2000 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”. At the close of the meeting, the Council issued an official communiqué (S/PV.4234).

In accordance with the understanding reached in the Council’s prior consultations, the President extended an invitation to the representative of Israel in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.

The members of the Council and the representative of Israel had a constructive discussion.

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 7 December 2000, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, conveying the Secretary-General’s views on the draft resolution dealing with the proposed deployment of a United Nations military observer force to the Palestinian territory.

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 15 December 2000, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Secretary-General concerning the Middle East, in particular contacts with the parties by his Personal Envoy and talks aimed at resuming the peace process.

At the 4248th meeting, held on 18 December 2000 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

The President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representative of Israel, at his request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.

The President drew attention to a letter dated 18 December 2000 from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations (S/2000/1206), requesting an invitation to participate in the meeting in accordance with the Council’s previous practice. In accordance with the provisional rules of procedure and the previous practice in this regard, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations to participate in the discussion.

The President drew attention to a draft resolution (S/2000/1171) submitted by Bangladesh, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mali, Namibia and Tunisia.

The Council heard a statement by the representative of Israel.

The Council commenced the voting procedure.

Before the vote, statements were made by the representatives of Namibia, France, Malaysia, the Netherlands, China, Ukraine, Mali and Argentina.

Decision : At the 4248th meeting, on 18 December 2000, draft resolution S/2000/1171 received 8 votes in favour (Bangladesh, China, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mali, Namibia, Tunisia, Ukraine), none against and 7 abstentions (Argentina, Canada, France, Netherlands, Russian Federation, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America), and was not adopted, having failed to obtain the required number of votes.

Following the vote, statements were made by the representatives of Jamaica, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada and the United States of America, and by the President, speaking in his capacity as the representative of the Russian Federation.

The Permanent Observer of Palestine made a statement.

At the 4292nd meeting, held in private on 14 March 2001 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”. At the close of the meeting, the Council issued an official communiqué (S/PV.4292).

The President, with the consent of the Council, invited the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Israel, at his request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.

The members of the Council and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Israel had a constructive discussion.

At the 4293rd meeting, held in private on 14 March 2001 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”. At the close of the meeting, the Council issued an official communiqué (S/PV.4293).

The President drew attention to a letter dated 14 March 2001 from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations (S/2001/222), requesting an invitation to participate in the meeting in accordance with the Council’s previous practice. In accordance with the provisional rules of procedure and the previous practice in this regard, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the Permanent Observer of Palestine to participate in the discussion.

The members of the Council and the Permanent Observer of Palestine had a constructive discussion.

At the 4295th meeting, held on 15 March 2001 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”, having before it a letter dated 13 March 2001 from the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2001/216).

The President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representatives of Algeria, Bahrain, Belgium, Egypt, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the Sudan, Sweden, the Syrian Arab Republic, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, at their request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.

The President drew attention to a letter dated 15 March 2001 from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations (S/2001/225), requesting an invitation to participate in the meeting in accordance with the Council’s previous practice. In accordance with the provisional rules of procedure and the previous practice in this regard, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the Permanent Observer of Palestine to participate in the discussion.

In response to the request contained in a letter dated 14 March 2001 from the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the President, with the consent of the Council, extended an invitation under rule 39 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure to Ibra Deguène Ka, the Chairman of the Committee.

The Council heard a statement by the Permanent Observer of Palestine.

The Council heard statements by the representatives of Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

The representative of Tunisia made a statement.

The meeting was suspended.

Upon the resumption of the meeting, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representatives of Cuba, Mauritania and Morocco, at their request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.

Statements were made by the representatives of the Russian Federation, France, China, the United States of America, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Norway, Ireland, Colombia, Mali, Mauritius, Singapore, Bangladesh and Jamaica, and by the President, speaking in his capacity as the representative of Ukraine.

Statements were then made by the representatives of Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Bahrain, Algeria, Japan, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Qatar, Sweden (on behalf of the States members of the European Union and Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey, which aligned themselves with the statement), the Sudan, South Africa, Kuwait and Iraq.

The meeting was suspended.

Upon the resumption of the meeting on 19 March 2001, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representatives of Indonesia and Lebanon, at their request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.

In response to the request contained in a letter dated 16 March 2001 from the Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the United Nations (S/2001/235), the President, with the consent of the Council, extended an invitation under rule 39 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure to Mokhtar Lamani, Permanent Observer of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to the United Nations.

In response to the request contained in a letter dated 15 March 2001 from the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations (S/2001/236), the President, with the consent of the Council, extended an invitation under rule 39 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure to Ali Ahmed Abbas, Deputy Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations.

The Council heard statements by the representatives of Pakistan, New Zealand and the Syrian Arab Republic.

In accordance with the decision taken earlier in the meeting, the Council heard a statement under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure by the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

The Council then heard statements by the representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Cuba, Mauritania, Morocco and Lebanon.

In accordance with the decisions taken earlier in the meeting, the Council heard statements under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure by the Permanent Observer of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to the United Nations and the Deputy Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations.

The Council then heard a statement by the representative of Indonesia.

The representative of Israel and the Permanent Observer of Palestine made further statements.

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 22 March 2001, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Secretary-General on his meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel.

At the 4305th meeting, held on 27 March 2001 in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Security Council continued its consideration of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

The President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representative of Israel, at his request, to participate in the discussion without the right to vote, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter and rule 37 of the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.

The President drew attention to a letter dated 27 March 2001 from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations (S/2001/282), requesting an invitation to participate in the meeting in accordance with the Council’s previous practice. In accordance with the provisional rules of procedure and the previous practice in this regard, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations to participate in the discussion.

The President drew attention to a draft resolution (S/2001/270) submitted by Bangladesh, Colombia, Jamaica, Mali, Mauritius, Singapore and Tunisia.

The Council commenced the voting procedure.

Before the vote, the President made a statement in his capacity as the representative of Ukraine. Statements were also made by the representatives of Bangladesh and China.

Decision: At the 4305th meeting, on 27 March 2001, draft resolution S/2001/270 received 9 votes in favour (Bangladesh, China, Colombia, Jamaica, Mali, Mauritius, Russian Federation, Singapore, Tunisia),
1 against (United States of America) and 4 abstentions (France, Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland), one member not participating in the voting (Ukraine), and was not adopted, owing to the negative vote of a permanent member of the Council.

Following the vote, statements were made by the representatives of the United States of America, France, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Russian Federation, Norway and Ireland.

The representative of Israel made a statement.

The Permanent Observer of Palestine made a statement.

At the informal consultations of the whole held on 22 May 2001, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Secretary-General on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, as well as the report of the Sharm el Sheikh Fact-finding Committee, issued on 30 April 2001.


2. Communications received from 29 September 2000 to 15 June 2001,
report of the Secretary-General and requests for a meeting

Letter dated 29 September 2000 (S/2000/921) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 2 October (S/2000/928) from the representative of Iraq addressed to the President of the Security Council, requesting, in his capacity as Chairman of the Group of Arab States for the month of October and on behalf of the States members of the League of Arab States, a meeting of the Security Council to discuss the Israeli aggression on Al-Haram Al-Sharif in occupied Jerusalem and the wave of Israeli aggression against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including Jerusalem.

Letter dated 2 October (S/2000/929) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the President of the Security Council, requesting, on behalf of members of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, an urgent meeting of the Security Council to discuss the latest incidents in Occupied East Jerusalem following a visit of the leader of the Likud Party to Al-Haram Al-Sharif.

Identical letters dated 2 October (S/2000/930) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council, calling for an immediate meeting of the Security Council to consider the situation in Occupied East Jerusalem as well as the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Letter dated 2 October (S/2000/934) from the representative of South Africa addressed to the President of the Security Council, requesting, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Coordinating Bureau of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, that an urgent meeting of the Security Council be convened to respond to the critical situation in Occupied East Jerusalem, other parts of the Occupied Palestinian Territory and parts of Israel.

Letter dated 2 October (S/2000/935) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the President of the Security Council, requesting, in his capacity as Chairman of the Group of Islamic States, that an emergency meeting of the Security Council be convened to consider the deteriorating situation following the Israeli aggression against Al-Haram Al-Sharif and the attacks against Palestinian civilians.

Letter dated 2 October (S/2000/936) from the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 2 October (S/2000/937) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 3 October (S/2000/938) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 3 October (S/2000/939) from the representative of Tunisia addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 3 October (S/2000/951) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 3 October (S/2000/956) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the Secretary-General transmitting a statement adopted by the Group of Islamic States at its meeting held at United Nations Headquarters on 2 October 2000 on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including the situation in Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

Identical letters dated 4 October (S/2000/957) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 5 October (S/2000/958) from the representative of Togo addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 7 October (S/2000/970) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 9 October (S/2000/971) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 10 October (S/2000/988) from the representative of France addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement on the situation in Jerusalem and in the Territories, issued on 2 October 2000 by the Presidency of the European Union.

Letter dated 10 October (S/2000/989) from the representative of France addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement on the events on the Esplanade of the Mosques in Jerusalem, issued on 2 October 2000 by the Presidency of the European Union.

Letter dated 10 October (S/2000/990) from the representative of France addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement on the situation in Jerusalem and in the Territories, issued on 3 October 2000 by the Presidency of the European Union.

Letter dated 11 October (S/2000/980) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 12 October (S/2000/984) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council, calling for an immediate meeting of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 12 October (S/2000/985) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 16 October (S/2000/993) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 17 October (S/2000/1001) from the representative of the United States of America addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement made by the President of the United States of America at the conclusion of the Middle East Peace Summit at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Letter dated 20 October (S/2000/1007) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter of the same date from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Israel to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 23 October (S/2000/1010) from the representative of Egypt addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the Extraordinary Arab Summit Conference held at Cairo on 21 and 22 October 2000.

Identical letters dated 23 October (S/2000/1015) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 23 October (S/2000/1021) from the representative of South Africa addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final documents of the meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs and heads of delegation of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, held in New York on 14 September 2000.

Identical letters dated 25 October (S/2000/1025) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 25 October (S/2000/1027) from the representative of Iraq addressed to the President of the Security Council, requesting, in his capacity as Chairman of the Group of Arab States for the month of October and on behalf of the States members of the League of Arab States, that an urgent meeting of the Security Council be convened to consider the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, and the establishment of a United Nations protection force.

Identical letters dated 30 October (S/2000/1046) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 1 November (S/2000/1067) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the annual coordination meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the States members of OIC, held at United Nations Headquarters on 18 September 2000.

Letter dated 2 November (S/2000/1065) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 6 November (S/2000/1068) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 9 November (S/2000/1078) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 15 November (S/2000/1093) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 17 November (S/2000/1104) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 20 November (S/2000/1107) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 20 November (S/2000/1108) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 21 November (S/2000/1109) from the representative of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya addressed to the Secretary-General, requesting an urgent meeting of the Security Council.

Letter dated 22 November (S/2000/1111) from the representative of Qatar addressed to the President of the Security Council, requesting, in his capacity as Chairman of the Ninth Islamic Summit Conference, that an urgent meeting of the Security Council and the Ministerial Committee of OIC be convened.

Report of the Secretary-General dated 22 November (S/2000/1113), submitted in pursuance of General Assembly resolution 54/52 on the peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine.

Letter dated 22 November (S/2000/1114) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 24 November (S/2000/1112) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the President of the Security Council, supporting the request by Qatar (S/2000/1111) for an urgent meeting of the Security Council with the Ministerial Committee of OIC to consider the deteriorating situation in Palestine.

Identical letters dated 24 November (S/2000/1116) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 26 November (S/2000/1119) from the representative of Iraq addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council, transmitting a letter of the same date from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 28 November (S/2000/1129) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 29 November (S/2000/1143) from the representative of France addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement issued on 20 November 2000 by the Presidency of the European Union.

Letter dated 4 December (S/2001/1152) from the representative of Tunisia addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 4 December (S/2000/1154) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 6 December (S/2000/1159) from the representative of South Africa addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 10 December (S/2000/1174) from the representative of Iraq addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter of the same date from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 11 December (S/2000/1173) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 12 December (S/2000/1187) from the representative of France addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement issued on 8 December 2000 by the Presidency of the European Union.

Identical letters dated 13 December (S/2000/1185) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 18 December (S/2000/1206) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 19 December (S/2000/1215) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 19 December (S/2000/1216) from the representative of Iraq addressed to the President of the Security Council, transmitting a letter of the same date from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 19 December (S/2000/1217) from the representative of Iraq addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter of the same date from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 19 December (S/2000/1218) from the representative of Iraq addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council, transmitting a letter of the same date from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 21 December (S/2000/1236) from the representative of Qatar addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting documents of the ninth session of the Islamic Summit Conference (Session of Peace and Development), held at Doha from 12 to 14 November 2000.

Identical letters dated 28 December (S/2000/1247) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 28 December (S/2000/1252) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 2 January 2001 (S/2001/2) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 2 January (S/2001/5) from the representative of Bahrain addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the twenty-first session of the Supreme Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council, held at Manama on 30 and 31 December 2000, and the Manama Declaration 2000.

Identical letters dated 3 January (S/2001/7) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 8 January (S/2001/24) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 10 January (S/2001/33) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 16 January (S/2001/50) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 23 January (S/2001/71) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 23 January (S/2001/75) from the representative of Iraq addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter of the same date from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 23 January (S/2001/76) from the representative of Iraq addressed to the President of the Security Council, transmitting a letter of the same date from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 25 January (S/2001/81) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 1 February (S/2001/98) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 2 February (S/2001/101) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 2 February (S/2001/103) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 9 February (S/2001/125) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 13 February (S/2001/131) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 13 February (S/2001/132) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 14 February (S/2001/137) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 15 February (S/2001/143) from the representative of Iraq addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter of the same date from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 16 February (S/2001/139) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 20 February (S/2001/162) from the representative of Iraq addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter of the same date from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 21 February (S/2001/156) from the representative of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 21 February (S/2001/158) from the representative of Israel addressed the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 27 February (S/2001/175) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 1 March (S/2001/190) from the representative of Iraq addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a letter dated 28 February 2001 from the Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 2 March (S/2001/187) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 2 March (S/2001/189) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 5 March (S/2001/193) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 6 March (S/2001/197) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General, and enclosure.

Letter dated 7 March (S/2001/207) from the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 7 March (S/2001/208) from the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 9 March (S/2001/209) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 12 March (S/2001/226) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 13 March (S/2001/216) from the representative of the United Arab Emirates addressed to the President of the Security Council, requesting, in his capacity as Chairman of the Group of Arab States for the month of March 2001, that a meeting of the Security Council be convened to examine the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem.

Letter dated 13 March (S/2001/220) from the representative of the United Arab Emirates addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement adopted on 12 March 2001 by the Council of Ministers of the United Arab Emirates.

Letter dated 14 March (S/2001/222) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 14 March (S/2001/231) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the President of the Security Council, requesting, in his capacity as Chairman of the Group of Islamic States, the convening of an urgent meeting of the Security Council to examine the grave and deteriorating situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem.

Letter dated 15 March (S/2001/225) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 15 March (S/2001/236) from the representative of the United Arab Emirates addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 16 March (S/2001/235) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 16 March (S/2001/239) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 19 March (S/2001/244) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 20 March (S/2001/277) from the representative of Bahrain addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the seventy-eighth session of the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council, held at Riyadh on 17 March 2001, and a statement of the Council concerning the ruling of the International Court of Justice on the border dispute between Bahrain and Qatar.

Identical letters dated 21 March (S/2001/255) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 26 March (S/2001/278) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 27 March (S/2001/280) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 27 March (S/2001/282) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 28 March (S/2001/284) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 28 March (S/2001/291) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 29 March (S/2001/295) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 30 March (S/2001/304) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 2 April (S/2001/314) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 5 April (S/2001/332) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 5 April (S/2001/335) from the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 5 April (S/2001/336) from the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 6 April (S/2001/342) from the representative of Jordan addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the Thirteenth Arab Summit Conference, held at Amman on 28 and 29 March 2001, and the Amman Declaration.

Identical letters dated 11 April (S/2001/352) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 16 April (S/2001/364) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Note verbale dated 16 April (S/2001/366) from the Permanent Mission of Angola to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council, transmitting the final communiqué of the summit meeting of the African Countries Using Portuguese as an Official Language (PALOP), held at Luanda on 10 April 2001.

Identical letters dated 17 April (S/2001/372) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 18 April (S/2001/375) from the representative of the United Arab Emirates addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a press communiqué issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates.

Letter dated 18 April (S/2001/393) from the representative of Morocco addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting communiqués issued by the Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco.

Letter dated 19 April (S/2001/390) from the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People addressed to the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 19 April (S/2001/392) from the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 23 April (S/2001/396) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 23 April (S/2001/426) from the representative of Sweden addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement on the escalation of violence in the Middle East issued on 18 April 2001 by the Presidency of the European Union.

Identical letters dated 26 April (S/2001/418) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 1 May (S/2001/432) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 1 May (S/2001/435) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 7 May (S/2001/447) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 9 May (S/2001/459) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 9 May (S/2001/463) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 10 May (S/2001/471) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 11 May (S/2001/473) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 14 May (S/2001/479) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 15 May (S/2001/486) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 15 May (S/2001/490) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting resolution 115/6053, entitled “ Question of Jerusalem”, adopted by the Council of the League of Arab States at its one hundred and fifteenth regular session at the level of Ministers for Foreign Affairs, held at Cairo on 12 March 2001.

Letter dated 15 May (S/2001/491) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting resolution 115/6057, entitled “Dubious attempts by Israel to have a number of archaeological sites in East Jerusalem inscribed on the World Heritage list”, adopted by the Council of the League of Arab States at its one hundred and fifteenth regular session at the level of Ministers for Foreign Affairs, held at Cairo on 12 March 2001.

Letter dated 16 May (S/2001/488) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the President of the Security Council, conveying, in his capacity as President of the Group of Arab States for the month of May 2001, the official request of the members of the Group for an immediate meeting of the Security Council to discuss the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem.

Letter dated 17 May (S/2001/494) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the President of the Security Council, requesting, in his capacity as Chairman of the Group of Islamic States, the convening of an immediate meeting of the Security Council to examine the grave and deteriorating situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem.

Identical letters dated 17 May (S/2001/496) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Identical letters dated 18 May (S/2001/504) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 18 May (S/2001/506) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 21 May (S/2001/508) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 23 May (S/2001/514) from the representative of Qatar addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement issued on the same date by the Cabinet Ministers of Qatar.

Letter dated 23 May (S/2001/520) from the representative of Sweden addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement issued on 22 May 2001 by the Presidency of the European Union concerning the report of the Sharm el Sheikh Fact-finding Committee.

Letter dated 24 May (S/2001/526) from the representative of Bahrain addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the communiqué of the eleventh joint session of the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the European Union, held at Manama on 23 April 2001.

Letter dated 25 May (S/2001/524) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 29 May (S/2001/543) from the representative of Qatar addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the extraordinary meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the States members of OIC, held at Doha on 26 May 2001; and addendum thereto dated 11 June (S/2001/543/Add.1), transmitting the statement made by the Emir of Qatar at that meeting.

Letter dated 30 May (S/2001/540) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 31 May (S/2001/544) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 4 June (S/2001/555) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 4 June (S/2001/558) from the representative of Bahrain addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the seventy-ninth session of the Ministerial Council of the Gulf Cooperation Council, held at Jeddah on 2 and 3 June 2001.

Letter dated 11 June (S/2001/580) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 13 June (S/2001/585) from the representative of Israel addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 13 June (S/2001/586) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

C. The situation in the occupied Arab territories

1. Consideration by the Security Council

Meetings of the Council : none.
Resolutions adopted
: none.
Presidential statements
: none.
Verbatim records
: none.
Consultations of the whole
: 2 and 3 October 2000.

At the informal consultations of the whole of the Security Council held on 2 October 2000, the members of the Council received a briefing by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs on the recent wave of violence in the occupied Arab territories.

2. Communications received from
19 June 2000 to 15 June 2001 and report of the Secretary-General

Letter dated 19 June 2000 (S/2000/600) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Identical letters dated 29 June (S/2000/637) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 30 June (S/2000/644) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 18 July (S/2000/715) from the representative of Japan addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the conclusions adopted by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of Eight at Miyazaki, Japan, on 13 July 2000.

Letter dated 26 July (S/2000/746) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the twenty-seventh session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers, held at Kuala Lumpur from 27 to 30 June 2000.

Letter dated 1 August (S/2000/759) from the representative of Japan addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement on regional issues adopted by the Group of Eight at the summit meeting held at Okinawa, Japan, from 21 to 23 July 2000.

Letter dated 7 September (S/2000/868) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué and recommendations adopted by the Al-Quds Committee at its eighteenth session, held at Agadir, Morocco, on 28 August 2000.

Letter dated 1 November (S/2000/1067) from the representative of Malaysia addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the annual coordination meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the States members of OIC, held at United Nations Headquarters on 18 September 2000.

Report of the Secretary-General dated 22 November (S/2000/1113), submitted in pursuance of General Assembly resolution 54/52 on the peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine.

Letter dated 7 March 2001 (S/2001/207) from the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 7 March (S/2001/208) from the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People addressed to the Secretary-General.

Letter dated 13 March (S/2001/220) from the representative of the United Arab Emirates addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting a statement adopted on 12 March 2001 by the Council of Ministers of the United Arab Emirates.

Identical letters dated 21 March (S/2001/255) from the observer of Palestine addressed to the Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council.

Letter dated 29 May (S/2001/543) from the representative of Qatar addressed to the Secretary-General, transmitting the final communiqué of the extraordinary meeting of the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the States members of OIC, held at Doha on 26 May 2001; and addendum thereto dated 11 June (S/2001/543/Add.1), transmitting the statement made by the Emir of Qatar at that meeting.


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XIV

List of matters of which the Security Council is seized

1. The list of matters of which the Security Council is seized, issued pursuant to rule 11 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Council, is published at the beginning of each calendar year. The list issued on 15 February 2000 was contained in document S/2000/40 and that issued on 19 March 2001 was contained in document S/2001/15.

2. In accordance with the procedure set out in the note by the President of the Security Council of 29 August 1996 (S/1996/704), the Secretary-General, in his summary statement of 19 March 2001 on matters of which the Security Council is seized and on the stage reached in their consideration (S/2001/15), informed Member States that, as at 1 January 2001, the Security Council had not considered in formal meetings during the preceding five-year period (1996-2000) the following items (the item numbers correspond to those contained in paragraph 15 of document S/2000/40):

1. The Palestine question.

2. The India-Pakistan question (S/628).

3. The Hyderabad question (S/986).

4. Letter dated 20 February 1958 from the representative of the Sudan addressed to the Secretary-General (S/3963).

5. Letter dated 11 July 1960 from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cuba addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/4378).

6. Letter dated 31 December 1960 from the Minister for External Affairs of Cuba addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/4605).

8. The situation in the India/Pakistan subcontinent (S/10411).

9. Letter dated 3 December 1971 from the Permanent Representatives of Algeria, Iraq, the Libyan Arab Republic and the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/10409).

10. Complaint by Cuba (S/10993).

11. Arrangements for the proposed Peace Conference on the Middle East.

12. Complaint by Iraq concerning incidents on its frontier with Iran (S/11216).

16. The Middle East problem, including the Palestinian question.

17. Request by the Libyan Arab Republic and Pakistan for consideration of the serious situation arising from recent developments in the occupied Arab territories (S/12017).

19. The question of the exercise by the Palestinian people of its inalienable rights.

20. The situation between Iran and Iraq.

21. Complaint by Iraq (S/14509).

22. Letter dated 19 February 1983 from the Permanent Representative of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/15615).

23. Letter dated 8 August 1983 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/15914).

24. Letter dated 22 March 1984 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/16431).

25. Letter dated 1 October 1985 from the Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/17509).

26. Letter dated 4 February 1986 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/17787).

27. Letter dated 15 April 1986 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/17991);

Letter dated 15 April 1986 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/17992);

Letter dated 15 April 1986 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/17993);

Letter dated 15 April 1986 from the Permanent Representative of Oman to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/17994).

28. Letter dated 19 April 1988 from the Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/19798).

29. Letter dated 4 January 1989 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/20364);

Letter dated 4 January 1989 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Bahrain to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/20367).

31. Letter dated 2 February 1990 from the Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/21120).

37. The situation relating to Nagorny Karabakh.

38. An agenda for peace: preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peacekeeping.

41. The situation in Mozambique.

42. The situation prevailing in and adjacent to the United Nations Protected Areas in Croatia.

48. Follow-up to resolution 817 (1993).

49. United Nations Protection Force.

50. Complaint by Ukraine regarding the decree of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation concerning Sevastopol.

62. An agenda for peace: peacekeeping.

66. Security Council working methods and procedure.

67. An agenda for peace.

68. The proposal by China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America on security assurances.

69. Navigation on the Danube river.

3. In accordance with the procedure contained in document S/1996/704, the Secretary-General received notifications from Member States requesting him to retain items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 37 and 50, as they appear in paragraph 2 above, on the list of matters of which the Security Council is seized.

4. Also, pursuant to the decisions of the Security Council referred to above and in the absence of receipt of any notification to the contrary by 30 April 2001, the remaining items listed in paragraph 2 above, that is, items 38, 41, 42, 48, 49, 62, 66, 67, 68 and 69, were deleted from the list of matters of which the Security Council is seized.

5. In the light of the foregoing, as at 15 June 2001, the list of matters of which the Security Council was seized was as follows:

1. The Palestine question.

2. The India-Pakistan question.

3. The Hyderabad question.

4. Letter dated 20 February 1958 from the representative of the Sudan addressed to the Secretary-General.

5. Letter dated 11 July 1960 from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Cuba addressed to the President of the Security Council.

6. Letter dated 31 December 1960 from the Minister for External Affairs of Cuba addressed to the President of the Security Council.

7. The situation in the Middle East.

8. The situation in the India/Pakistan subcontinent.

9. Letter dated 3 December 1971 from the Permanent Representatives of Algeria, Iraq, the Libyan Arab Republic and the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

10. Complaint by Cuba.

11. Arrangements for the proposed Peace Conference on the Middle East.

12. Complaint by Iraq concerning incidents on its frontier with Iran.

13. The situation in Cyprus.

14. The situation concerning Western Sahara.

15. The situation in East Timor.

16. The Middle East problem, including the Palestinian question.

17. Request by the Libyan Arab Republic and Pakistan for consideration of the serious situation arising from recent developments in the occupied Arab territories.

18. The situation in the occupied Arab territories.

19. The question of the exercise by the Palestinian people of its inalienable rights.

20. The situation between Iran and Iraq.

21. Complaint by Iraq.

22. Letter dated 19 February 1983 from the Permanent Representative of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

23. Letter dated 8 August 1983 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

24. Letter dated 22 March 1984 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

25. Letter dated 1 October 1985 from the Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

26. Letter dated 4 February 1986 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

27. Letter dated 15 April 1986 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council;

Letter dated 15 April 1986 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Burkina Faso to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council;

Letter dated 15 April 1986 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council;

Letter dated 15 April 1986 from the Permanent Representative of Oman to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

28. Letter dated 19 April 1988 from the Permanent Representative of Tunisia to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

29. Letter dated 4 January 1989 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council;

Letter dated 4 January 1989 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Bahrain to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

30. Central America: efforts towards peace.

31. Letter dated 2 February 1990 from the Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

32. The situation between Iraq and Kuwait.

33. The situation in Cambodia.

34. The situation in Liberia.

35. The situation in Somalia.

36. The situation relating to Nagorny Karabakh.

37. The situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

38. The situation in Georgia.

39. The situation in Angola.

40. Establishment of an international tribunal for the prosecution of persons responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia.

41. The situation concerning Rwanda.

42. The question concerning Haiti.

43. The situation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

44. Complaint by Ukraine regarding the decree of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation concerning Sevastopol.

45. The situation in Tajikistan and along the Tajik-Afghan border.

46. The situation in Croatia.

47. Security of United Nations operations.

48. The situation in Burundi.

49. Letters dated 20 and 23 December 1991 from France, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America.

50. The situation in Afghanistan.

51. The situation in the former Yugoslavia.

52. The situation in Sierra Leone.

53. Letter dated 9 January 1996 from the Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council, concerning the extradition of the suspects wanted in the assassination attempt on the life of the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Addis Ababa on 26 June 1995.

54. Shooting down of two civil aircraft on 24 February 1996.

55. International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991;

International Criminal Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Genocide and Other Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of Rwanda and Rwandan Citizens Responsible for Genocide and Other Such Violations Committed in the Territory of Neighbouring States between 1 January and 31 December 1994.

56. Signature of the African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (Treaty of Pelindaba).

57. International Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia since 1991.

58. Demining in the context of United Nations peacekeeping.

59. Letters dated 23 September and 3 and 11 October 1996 from the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council;

Letters dated 23 and 27 September 1996 from the Permanent Representative of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council and to the Secretary-General, respectively.

60. The situation in the Great Lakes region.

61. The situation in Albania.

62. Protection for humanitarian assistance to refugees and others in conflict situations.

63. The situation concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

64. Civilian police in peacekeeping operations.

65. The situation in the Central African Republic.

66. The situation in the Republic of the Congo.

67. The situation in Africa.

68. Letter dated 11 March 1998 from the Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council;

Letter dated 27 March 1998 from the Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

69. Letter dated 31 March 1998 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Papua New Guinea to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

70. The responsibility of the Security Council in the maintenance of international peace and security.

71. The situation between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

72. Children and armed conflict.

73. Letter dated 29 June 1998 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council;

Letter dated 25 June 1998 from the Permanent Representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General;

Letter dated 25 June 1998 from the Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General.

74. International Criminal Tribunal for the Prosecution of Persons Responsible for Genocide and Other Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law Committed in the Territory of Rwanda and Rwandan Citizens Responsible for Genocide and Other Such Violations Committed in the Territory of Neighbouring States between 1 January and 31 December 1994.

75. Threats to peace and security caused by international terrorist acts.

76. The situation in Guinea-Bissau.

77. Maintenance of peace and security and post-conflict peace-building.

78. Promoting peace and security: humanitarian activities relevant to the Security Council.

79. Protection of civilians in armed conflict.

80. Letter dated 24 March 1999 from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

81. Letter dated 7 May 1999 from the Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

82. Security Council resolutions 1160 (1998), 1199 (1998) and 1203 (1998).

83. Security Council resolutions 1160 (1998), 1199 (1998), 1203 (1998) and 1239 (1999).

84. Promoting peace and security: humanitarian assistance to refugees in Africa.

85. Small arms.

86. Security Council resolutions 1160 (1998), 1199 (1998), 1203 (1998), 1239 (1999) and 1244 (1999).

87. Role of the Security Council in the prevention of armed conflicts.

88. Protection of United Nations personnel, associated personnel and humanitarian personnel in conflict zones.

89. Briefing by Mr. Carl Bildt, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Balkans.

90. Maintaining peace and security: humanitarian aspects of issues before the Security Council.

91. General issues relating to sanctions.

92. The responsibility of the Security Council in the maintenance of international peace and security: HIV/AIDS and international peacekeeping operations.

93. Ensuring an effective role of the Security Council in the maintenance of international peace and security, particularly in Africa.

94. The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.

95. Women and peace and security.

96. Briefing by Judge Gilbert Guillaume, President of the International Court of Justice.

97. Briefing by Mrs. Sadako Ogata, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

98. Ensuring an effective role of the Security Council in the maintenance of international peace and security.

99. No exit without strategy.

100. Letter dated 10 November 2000 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Solomon Islands to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

101. Briefing by the Secretary-General.

102. The situation in Guinea following recent attacks along its borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone.

103. Strengthening cooperation with troop-contributing countries.

104. Briefing by His Excellency Mr. Mircea Geoana, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Romania, Chairman-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

105. Peace-building: towards a comprehensive approach.

106. The situation in Guinea following recent attacks along its borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone;

The situation in Liberia;

The situation in Sierra Leone.

107. Letter dated 4 March 2001 from the Permanent Representative of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.

108. The situation along the borders of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

109. The situation in Guinea following recent attacks along its borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone;

The situation in Sierra Leone.

6. Between 16 June 2000 and 15 June 2001, items 92 to 109 above were added to the list of matters of which the Security Council was seized.


Addendum

Monthly assessments by former Presidents of the work
of the Security Council for the period from 16 June 2000
to 15 June 2001

The attachment of the assessments by former Presidents of the work of the Security Council as an addendum to the report is intended to have an informative purpose and they should not necessarily be considered as representing the views of the Security Council.


Jamaica (July 2000) *

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Middle East

Lebanon

On 3 July, Council members met in informal consultations of the whole to consider the situation in Lebanon and were briefed by the United Nations cartographer on the blue line of withdrawal. It was emphasized that the blue line does not represent a demarcation of the international boundary between Israel and Lebanon.

Council members again met in informal consultations of the whole and were briefed by the Secretary-General on the status of Israel’s compliance with the withdrawal line. The Secretary-General advised Council members that Israel had completely withdrawn from Lebanon although there were minor violations, which were being monitored by UNIFIL. A letter from the Secretary-General dated 24 July 2000 (S/2000/731) advising of Israel’s compliance and the Secretary-General’s report (S/2000/718) were also before Council members for consideration. The report identified minor violations that had occurred following the certification of the withdrawal. Immediately following the meeting, the President made a statement to the press (see below) on behalf of the members of the Council, welcoming the Secretary-General’s letter advising of Israel’s withdrawal; commending the Secretary-General and his Special Envoy, UNIFIL and all the parties for their efforts to implement Security Council resolution 425 (1978); and endorsing the intention of UNIFIL to deploy along the border with Israel.

On 27 July, the Council at a formal meeting (4177th) adopted resolution 1310 (2000) by a unanimous vote, approving an extension of the mandate of UNIFIL until 31 January 2001.

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Statements to the press by the President of the Security Council

Programme of work (5 July 2000)

During July, we have scheduled consultations on a number of issues which continue to preoccupy the Security Council.

We have four mandate renewals, namely, the United Nations Mission of Observers in Prevlaka which expires on 15 July; and the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, all of which expire on 31 July.

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Situation in Lebanon (25 July 2000)

Members of the Security Council were briefed by the Secretary-General on the latest developments in Lebanon.

Members of the Council welcomed his letter to the President of the Security Council, dated 24 July 2000, on the full compliance by the Government of Israel with the United Nations line of withdrawal.

Members of the Council commended the Secretary-General, his Special Envoy, UNIFIL and the parties for their efforts to implement Security Council resolution 425 (1978).

Members of the Council endorsed the intention of UNIFIL to deploy south and the subsequent immediate deployment of the composite Lebanese forces.

Members of the Council urged all parties to exercise the utmost restraint and continue to respect the United Nations withdrawal line and to facilitate the peaceful movement of UNIFIL in the south of Lebanon. They also emphasized that violations will not be tolerated. Members of the Council urged the parties to avoid any incident that could lead to an escalation of tensions in this sensitive area.

Members of the Council underlined the responsibility of the Government of Lebanon to ensure security and stability throughout its territory.

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Namibia (October 2000)

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Middle East

The Security Council, following the outbreak of violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, held consultations on 2 October to discuss the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. Council members deliberated the causes of the violence; they called for calm and restraint by both parties, and urged them to resume peace negotiations as soon as possible. Members of the Council also expressed support for meetings scheduled to be held in Paris and Sharm el-Sheikh.

The Council held consultations on 6 and 7 October to discuss a draft resolution submitted by members of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries in the Council. On 7 October, at its 4205th meeting, the Council adopted resolution 1322 (2000), in which it, inter alia, condemned the violence and excessive use of force against Palestinians; called for the cessation of violence and the resumption of negotiations; and stressed the importance of establishing a mechanism for a speedy and objective inquiry into the tragic events, with the aim of preventing their repetition.

On 7 October, the Council received a briefing by the Secretariat on the situation on the southern border of Lebanon. Following the briefing, the President on behalf of the Council, informed the press about the Council’s grave concern over the escalating tensions and acts of violence and asked all parties to exercise the utmost restraint. Members of the Council also welcomed a decision by the Secretary-General to dispatch his Special Envoy to the region to approach leaders of all States concerned to convey the deep concern of the Council and to urge for immediate steps to ensure a restoration of calm.

The Secretary-General, by a letter dated 8 October 2000, informed the President of the Security Council about his decision to travel to the region immediately, in view of the escalation of tensions in the Middle East. The Secretary-General also undertook to report to the Council immediately upon his return.

On 20 October, the Security Council heard a briefing by the Secretary-General on his trip to the Middle East and his efforts to defuse the volatile situation. He noted that the main aims of his visit were to get the parties to disengage, to end the violence and to resume the peace process. The Secretary-General also referred to the Sharm el-Sheikh meeting and the agreements reached there. Council members commended the Secretary-General for his efforts and expressed support for the role of the United Nations in the Middle East peace process.

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Other matters

On 30 October, the Council held a wrap-up meeting at which the Secretary-General commented on the Council’s deliberations during the month of October, on the Middle East, Sierra Leone and Burundi, and the open meeting on women and peace and security. Members of the Council in their reaction emphasized and commended the role of the Secretary-General in the Middle East peace process and the need for the United Nations to become more involved. Members of the Council made comments on the situations in Sierra Leone, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In his response, the Secretary-General requested that an eye be kept on the situation in Lebanon in view of the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Furthermore, he stressed the need to renew the speed with which the Council responded to conflict situations. With regard to peacekeeping operations, he pointed out that the peacekeeping mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea was being oversubscribed whereas those for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone were lacking in peacekeepers.

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Netherlands (November 2000)

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The Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Jozias van Aartsen, presided over a private meeting with the Secretary-General on the Middle East and an open briefing on the Eritrean-Ethiopian peace process. ...

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Middle East

Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

The Security Council held a private meeting on 10 November for a discussion with the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization and President of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat. He expressed his concern about the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and in particular the violence to which Palestinian civilians had fallen victim. Responding to remarks made by members of the Council, he noted that the task of the proposed United Nations Protection Force would be to improve the situation on the ground and to protect unarmed Palestinian civilians. Later that day the Council held a private meeting to hear a statement by the Permanent Representative of Israel, who rejected the call for an international protection force, indicating that an international presence would be acceptable only in the context of an agreed political solution.

At a private meeting on 17 November, the Security Council heard a briefing by the Secretary-General following his recent visit to Qatar, where he attended the ninth summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. The Secretary-General expressed his concern about the situation in the occupied territories and the peace process also. He appealed to both sides to do whatever was needed to end the violence. The Secretary-General made it clear that there was no alternative to solving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians by peaceful means and declared his readiness to play a role in such an endeavour.

The Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Kieran Prendergast, briefed the Council members on 21 November on the attack, in Gaza, on a bus with Israeli settlers. He referred also to the statement the Secretary-General had issued condemning the violence and calling on both sides to cease all escalatory actions.

On 22 November, the Security Council, at the request of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (on behalf of the Group of Arab States), considered the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. Representatives of Cuba, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, the Libya Arab Jamahiriya (on behalf of the Group of Arab States) and South Africa (on behalf of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries), and the observer of Palestine participated in the meeting. Most delegations expressed support for the immediate dispatch of the fact-finding commission decided upon at Sharm-el-Sheikh and for the efforts of the Secretary-General to consult with the parties on the issue of the proposed United Nations protection force.

On 27 November, the Security Council heard statements on the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, by the Chairman and other members of the Ministerial Committee of the ninth summit of OIC, who had requested such an opportunity. They insisted on the immediate establishment of a United Nations protection force. Members of the Council expressed different views on this proposal. Some supported the immediate dispatch of such a force. Others stressed that such a force required the agreement of both parties.

In informal consultations on 29 November, the coordinator of the non-aligned countries caucus submitted for the consideration of the members a draft resolution proposing a United Nations monitoring force for the occupied territories.

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon

The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Gué henno, briefed Council members on 14 November on the Secretary-General’s interim report on UNIFIL (S/2000/1049), and reported further movement towards the implementation of resolution 425 (1978). He said that the situation in the field had been relatively calm, with the exception of minor violations of the Blue Line and a significant number of violations of the airspace and territorial waters of Lebanon since 7 October. Members of the Council deplored the incidents that had occurred and insisted that both sides adhere to the ceasefire and refrain from violations of the Blue Line. Following the consultations, the President of the Security Council made a statement to the press, underlining the need of the Government of Lebanon to take effective control of the whole area vacated by Israel and assume its full international responsibilities; and calling for an end to the dangerous violations of the Blue Line (see below).

United Nations Disengagement Observer Force

On 27 November, Council members considered in informal consultations the report of the Secretary-General on UNDOF (S/2000/1103). Council members agreed on the text of a draft resolution and a complementary presidential statement. On the same day the Council unanimously adopted resolution 1328 (2000), extending the mandate of UNDOF for six months, until 31 May 2001, and issued the complementary presidential statement (S/PRST/2000/36).

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Statements to the press by the President of the Security Council

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United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon
(14 November 2000)

Security Council members discussed the situation in south Lebanon on the basis of the interim report of the Secretary-General and a briefing by the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.

Security Council members agreed with the conclusions of the Secretary-General that although there had been tangible progress in implementing Security Council resolution 425 (1978), it was required that the Government of Lebanon take effective control of the whole area vacated by Israel last spring and assume its full international responsibilities.

Members of the Council called for an end to the dangerous violations that have continued on the Blue Line.

Council members expressed their appreciation for the work of UNIFIL and of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Terje Roed-Larsen, and the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General, Rolf Göran Knutsson.

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Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

In view of the ongoing tension in the West Bank and Gaza the members of the Security Council held a number of consultations of the whole urging Israelis and Palestinians to refrain from violence and to resume the peace dialogue.

On 8 December, the delegation of Namibia, on behalf of members of the Movement of Non-aligned Countries, circulated in provisional form a previously circulated draft resolution proposing a United Nations monitoring force for the occupied territories with a mandate to observe the situation throughout its area of operation, liaise between the Israeli army and the Palestinian Authority and report on its activity to the Secretary-General.

At a formal meeting on 18 December, the Security Council voted on the draft resolution, which was not adopted, having received 8 votes in favour, with 7 abstentions.

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Singapore (January 2001) *

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Middle East

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon

In connection with the issue of the renewal of the mandate of UNIFIL which was due to expire on 31 January 2001, the members of the Security Council met in informal consultations on 29 January to review developments in Lebanon and to consider the recommendation in the report of the Secretary-General (S/2001/66). Prior to their consideration of the issue, the members of the Council received an update on the situation in southern Lebanon after the issuance of the report of the Secretary-General from the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.

During the ensuing discussion, members of the Council acknowledged the success of UNIFIL in fulfilling its mandate of verifying the withdrawal of Israel and reaffirmed their support for the continuing role that UNIFIL could play in the maintenance of international peace and security and the recommendation of the Secretary-General that its mandate be extended by a further period of six months, until 31 July 2001. Members, however, stressed the need for Lebanon to exert full and effective control over southern Lebanon. Council members also called for the international community to continue to provide assistance to the Government of Lebanon in mine clearance. Another priority area highlighted by the Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the Security Council was the repatriation of Lebanese prisoners still in Israel’s custody. While Council members supported the recommendation of the Secretary-General that by 31 July 2001 the strength of the military personnel should be returned to the operational level prior to its augmentation following the withdrawal of Israel from the area in May 2000, they nevertheless cautioned that this should be done gradually, taking into account the views of the Government of Lebanon and the troop-contributing countries. (It is significant to note that Council members met the troo p-contributing countries twice, before and after the issuance of the report of the Secretary-General, to discuss the matter.) The members of the Council also supported the proposal of the Secretary-General to maintain a combination of military observers and military personnel in view of the continuing volatile situation, with a view to further reconfiguration in the future.

At its 4267th meeting, on 30 January, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1337 (2001), by which it extended the mandate of UNIFIL by six months, until 31 July 2001. The Secretary-General was also requested to submit a detailed report on reconfiguration plans and on the tasks that could be carried out by the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) by 30 April 2001. On the basis of that report, the Council would review the situation by early May 2001 and consider any appropriate steps.

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Asia and the Middle East

Lebanon

On 2 February, the Council heard a communication from the Director of the Asia and Middle East Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations on the most recent developments in the blue line zone.

At consultations held on 16 February, the Council was briefed by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations on the incidents that had occurred in southern Lebanon.

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Statements to the press by the President of the Security Council

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Ukraine (March 2001)

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The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

During the month of March, the Council continued to be actively seized of the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, in view of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian crisis. The Council held two separate private meetings, with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Israel and the Permanent Observer of Palestine, respectively, and two public meetings to address the question and to take action on a draft resolution.

On 13 March, the Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates, in his capacity as Chairman of the Group of Arab States and on behalf of the members of the League of Arab States, requested the convening of a meeting of the Council to examine the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem (see S/2001/216). On 14 March, the Permanent Representative of Malaysia, in his capacity as Chairman of the Group of Islamic States, also requested an urgent meeting of the Council to examine the grave and deteriorating situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem (see S/2001/231).

On 14 March, at the request of the Permanent Representative of Israel, the Council held a private meeting (4292nd) with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Israel, Shimon Peres, who presented the views of the new Government of Israel on the current crisis in the Middle East and outlined Israeli approaches for its settlement. Following the adjournment of the meeting, the Council held, at his request (S/2001/222) and in accordance with the Council’s previous practice, a private meeting with the Permanent Observer of Palestine, Nasser Al-Kidwa, who presented the position of the Palestinian side on the issues that had been discussed at the previous meeting. The Council members had a useful exchange of views during those meetings, at the close of which official communiqués were issued (S/PV.4292 and S/PV.4293).

On 15 and 19 March, at the request of the Group of Arab States of 13 March, the Council held an open debate. The Council had before it two letters, dated 9 and 12 March 2001 respectively (S/2001/209 and S/2001/226), from the Permanent Observer of Palestine addressed to the President of the Security Council. In addition to the Council members, the Permanent Observer of Palestine and nearly 30 representatives of States non-members of the Council took part in the debate. The Council also heard statements by the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the Permanent Observer of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Deputy Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States.

On 20 March, the caucus of the non-aligned States in the Security Council sponsored and circulated a draft resolution (S/2001/266, dated 23 March 2001) and announced their intention to request the Council to take action on it by the beginning of the Arab Summit Conference, held at Amman on 27 and 28 March 2001. By that draft resolution, the Council would express its determination to establish a United Nations force of military and police observers throughout the occupied territories with the aim of contributing to the implementation of the Sharm el Sheikh agreements, the cessation of violence, and enhancing the safety and security of the Palestinian civilians; the force would be mandated to observe the situation throughout its area of operation, liaise between the Israeli army and the Palestinian Authority and report periodically on its activities to the Secretary-General.

On 22 March, four European members of the Council (France, Ireland, Norway and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) jointly introduced draft elements for a presidential statement or a resolution on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. On the same day, in informal consultations, the Council members were briefed by the Secretary-General on the consultations he had held with the parties and all key players involved with a view to finding ways of halting the escalation of violence in the region. In particular, the Secretary-General briefed the Council members about his recent meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon.

From 23 to 25 March, the Council members held intensive informal consultations on the draft resolution sponsored by the non-aligned caucus and the proposals of the European States. Negotiations were also conducted in various formats, with the participation of representatives of the non-aligned countries, the Arab troika (the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain), the four European countries, the United States of America and the Permanent Observer of Palestine.

At the informal consultations held on 26 March, the non-aligned States sponsored and circulated in provisional form a second draft resolution (S/2001/270); the four European countries sponsored and circulated in provisional form their draft resolution (S/2001/269); both drafts represented different versions of the consolidated text that emerged as a result of the negotiations held earlier on draft resolution S/2001/266 and the European proposals. It was decided to carry on with negotiations in the narrow format, with a view to agreeing on a single consolidated text on the basis of the two draft resolutions.

On 27 March, after a series of negotiations in various formats, given the lack of consensus among the members of the Council on a number of provisions of the consolidated text and in view of the holding of the Arab Summit, the non-aligned States requested that action be taken on their second draft resolution (S/2001/270), by which the Council, inter alia, would call for the immediate cessation of all acts of violence and return to the positions and arrangements that existed before September 2000; call on the parties to implement the Sharm el Sheikh understandings and resume negotiations on the basis of their previous agreements; express its concern at the recent Israeli settlement activities and call on the parties to take a number of immediate confidence-building steps; request the Secretary-General to consult the parties on the immediate steps to implement the resolution and report to the Council within one month; and express its readiness to act upon receipt of the report to set up a mechanism to protect Palestinian civilians, including through the establishment of a United Nations observer force.

At the same time, the four European countries sponsored a draft resolution, which appeared as a consolidated text after the last round of negotiations in a narrowed format (S/2001/281). Ukraine joined in sponsoring that draft resolution.

Later the same day, the Council held a formal meeting (4305th), at which the draft resolution sponsored by the non-aligned States (S/2001/270) was put to the vote. The result was nine votes in favour, one against (permanent member) and four abstentions; one member of the Council did not participate in the voting. The draft resolution was therefore not adopted because of the negative vote of a permanent member.

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Statements to the press by the President of the Security Council

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Middle East (18 April 2001)

Council members heard a briefing by the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hédi Annabi, on what they saw as a dangerous escalation across the blue line between Israel and Lebanon established by the United Nations. They also expressed deep concern at the recent violent action in the Gaza Strip and surrounding areas. In expressing their support for the statement issued by the Secretary-General on 16 April, Council members condemned the renewed cycle of violence that has inflamed the already tense situation in the region. They called on all parties to respect the blue line, to exercise maximum restraint and to refrain from any action that would exacerbate the situation further. They also insisted on respect for Security Council resolutions 425 (1978) and 1337 (2001). Council members will continue to follow the situation in the region very closely.

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United States of America
(May 2001)

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Asia and the Middle East

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Lebanon

On 16 May, Council members discussed the Secretary-General’s interim report on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon. The Council President sent a letter on behalf of the members of the Council to the Secretary-General, commending the contribution of the Force to international peace and stability and endorsing in general the approach for the technical reconfiguration of UNIFIL as elaborated in that report.

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Middle East

On 17 May, responding to a request by members of the Arab group, Council members discussed the Middle East. At the end of the discussion, the President of the Council issued a statement to the press in which he noted that Council members had expressed great concern with the continuing levels of violence and a desire to do what was possible to promote resumption of dialogue to stabilize the situation. The Secretary-General participated in a further discussion of this question on 22 May, after which the President noted that members of the Council expressed their full support for the work of the Secretary-General and his special envoy in the region to halt the violence and resume dialogue. Council members also welcomed the publication of the Mitchell Committee report and the positive reaction to the report from the parties.

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United Nations Disengagement Observer Force

On 30 May, the Council voted unanimously to renew the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force for another six months, until 30 November 2001.

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