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On 4 August, the Council members adopted a press statement of its President welcoming the United Nations panel of inquiry on the flotilla incident of 31 May, which was announced by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on the same day.
On 17 August, the Council members heard a briefing from Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Fernandez-Tarranco on the situation in the Middle East, who noticed that the international community is nearing a turning point in the efforts to promote direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Mr. Fernandez-Tarranco added that, for these negotiations to succeed, it is crucial to maintain an enabling climate on the ground. Parties should adhere to their Roadmap commitments and obligations under international law, as re-emphasized by the Quartet on 19 March in Moscow.