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21 July 2010
Letter dated 19 July 2010 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the United States Mission to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council
I have the honour to transmit herewith the report on the work of the Security Council during the presidency of the United States in September 2009 (see annex).
This report has been prepared by the United States Mission following consultations with other members of the Council. I should be grateful if the present letter and its annex could be circulated as a document of the Security Council.
) Rosemary A.
Chargé d’affaires a.i.
Annex to the letter dated 19 July 2010 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the United States Mission to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council
Assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of the United States of America (September 2009)
During the United States presidency of the Security Council in September 2009, the Council held 12 meetings and seven consultations of the whole. The Council also adopted four resolutions and one presidential statement. The President of the United States, Barack Obama, presided over the summit on nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament on 24 September. The United States Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, presided over the adoption of the resolution on women and peace and security on 30 September.
The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question
On 17 September, the Council heard a briefing from the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert H. Serry. He noted the efforts under way towards the early resumption and conclusion of Israel-Palestinian negotiations. He voiced concern about continued Israeli settlement activity. He recognized the Palestinian Authority’s announcement that it plans to build the institutions of a State apparatus within the coming two years. He stated that the situation in Gaza remains unsustainable. He noted the release of the Goldstone report and its upcoming discussion by the Human Rights Council. The Special Coordinator also briefed the Council on efforts to form a government in Lebanon and the two rockets launched from southern Lebanon on 11 September into Israel. He noted that leaders would be gathering in New York for the general debate in the General Assembly and that there would be a meeting of the Quartet principals. He called on the parties to take responsibility and seize the opportunity to make the necessary commitments to relaunch negotiations. The Council met in consultations following the briefing to discuss the situation further. A number of members expressed concern over continuing Israeli settlement activity, and the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Several Council members referred to efforts to form a unity government in Lebanon and condemned the rocket attacks of 11 September on Israel.