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In the absence of any objection by the members of the Council to the present assessment, I kindly request that it be circulated as a document of the Security Council.
On 19 November, the Security Council held its monthly regular open briefing on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. The Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Sir Kieran Prendergast, briefed the Security Council, stating that with a new Palestinian Prime Minister in place, all parties involved in peace-building between Israelis and Palestinians should recommit themselves to the process and leave behind the inaction of the past month. In the ensuing closed consultations, the members of the Council agreed on the text of a draft resolution, sponsored by Bulgaria, Chile, China, France, Germany, Guinea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Spain and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and adopted unanimously as resolution 1515 (2003). In the resolution, the Council endorsed the Quartet performance-based road map to a permanent two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and calls upon the parties to fulfil their obligations under the road map in cooperation with the Quartet and to achieve the vision of two States living side by side in peace and security.