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UNITED
NATIONS
S

        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
S/2009/107
24 February 2009

English
Original: French

Letter dated 24 February 2009 from the Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council


I have the honour to transmit herewith a report on the work of the Security Council during the presidency of France in January 2009 (see annex). The document was prepared under my responsibility, after consultation with the other members of the Security Council.

I should be grateful if you would have this letter and its annex circulated as a document of the Security Council.

(Signed ) Jean-Maurice Ripert


Annex to the letter dated 24 February 2009 from the Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council

[Original: English]

Assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of France (January 2009)


Under the presidency of Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, the Security Council engaged in an extensive programme of work.

During January 2009, the Security Council held 12 closed consultations of the whole, and 18 formal meetings, including 2 private meetings and 16 public meetings. The Council adopted six resolutions and produced one presidential statement.

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Middle East


Gaza

On 3 January, the Council held consultations of the whole on the situation in Gaza.

On 6 and 7 January, the Council held a public debate at the ministerial level on the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”. During the debate, the Secretary-General, the President of the Palestinian National Authority, the representative of Israel, and representatives of other States Members of the United Nations (including Ministers for Foreign Affairs, in particular of the Arab League States) made statements.

On 8 January, after thorough consultations, including at the ministerial level, the Council held a meeting presided over by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of France, Bernard Kouchner, at which it adopted resolution 1860 (2009) by 14 votes in favour, with 1 abstention. In the resolution the Council called for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza.

On 13 January, during consultations of the whole, the Council was briefed by the Secretary-General before his visit to the Middle East. In their statements, Council members welcomed the efforts of the Secretary-General.

On 15 January, in consultations of the whole, the Council was briefed by the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Haile Menkerios, on the situation in Gaza, following the attacks on the headquarters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). During the consultations, there was an agreement on elements for remarks to be made by the President to the press. The President of the Council expressed grave concern, in particular following the military operations against hospitals, a building hosting journalists and the headquarters of UNRWA.

On 21 January, the Council held a public meeting to receive a briefing by the Secretary-General following his visit to the Middle East. During the consultations of the whole that followed, members of the Council agreed to issue a statement to the press, in which they welcomed the ceasefire in Gaza, expressed their strong appreciation for the efforts of the Secretary-General and reiterated their grave concern at the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

On 27 January, the Council held a meeting at which it heard briefings by the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and by the Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Karen AbuZayd, on the situation in Gaza. It was the first time that a Commissioner-General of UNRWA was invited to address the Council. Both the Under-Secretary-General and the Commissioner-General expressed great concern about the humanitarian situation in Gaza and stressed the importance of free access for humanitarian aid. The meeting was followed by consultations of the whole.

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