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Security Council
4516th Meeting (Night)
SC/7369
19 April 2002


SECURITY COUNCIL STRESSES URGENT NEED FOR HUMANITARIAN ACCESS TO PALESTINIANS, WELCOMES

FACT-FINDING TEAM TO EXAMINE EVENTS AT JENIN REFUGEE CAMP

Resolution 1405 (2002) Adopted Unanimously

Concerned by the dire humanitarian situation of the Palestinian civilian population and calling for further lifting of restrictions imposed, in particular in the Jenin refugee camp, on the operations of humanitarian organizations, the Security Council this evening emphasized the urgency of access of medical and humanitarian organizations to the Palestinian civilian population.

Unanimously adopting resolution 1405 (2002), the Council also welcomed the initiative of the Secretary-General to develop accurate information regarding recent events in Jenin through a fact-finding team.

Tonight's meeting followed yesterday afternoon's and this morning's debate, during which the 15 members of the Council and 29 non-members, expressed their concern with the deteriorating situation in the Middle East and stressed the necessity of immediately implementing resolutions 1402 (2002) and 1403 (2002). Those texts call for: both parties to move immediately towards a meaningful ceasefire; the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Palestinian cities; and full cooperation with United States Special Envoy General Anthony Zinni and others, to implement the Tenet plan as a first step towards implementation of the Mitchell Committee recommendations.

Tonight's meeting began at 8:48 p.m. and adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Resolution:

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