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Please find attached the assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of France in July 2006 (see annex). This assessment was prepared under my responsibility following consultations with the other members of the Council.
I should be grateful if you would have this letter and its annex circulated as a document of the Security Council.
The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question
Following the public debate on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, held on 30 June 2006 at the request of the Arab Group, the members of the Security Council discussed a draft resolution presented by Qatar to condemn the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel and the large-scale military assault carried out by Israel in the Gaza Strip. The Council voted on the draft resolution on 13 July. Ten members voted in favour, four abstained and a permanent member of the Council voted against, thus preventing the adoption of the resolution.
The Council held a public debate on 21 July on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. All participants expressed concern about the situation in the region following the eruption of the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah on 12 July and the continuing deterioration of the situation in the Gaza Strip. No action was taken following the debate.