Letter dated 1 November 2011 from the Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council
Please find attached the assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of France in May 2011 (see annex). This report was prepared under my supervision, after consultation with the other members of the Security Council.
I should be grateful if the present letter and its annex could be circulated as a document of the Security Council.
Annex to the letter dated 1 November 2011 from the Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council
Assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of France (May 2011)
During May 2011, under the presidency of Ambassador Gérard Araud, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, the Security Council held 11 consultations of the whole and 17 official meetings. The Council also adopted two resolutions and three presidential statements and issued five statements to the press.
On 6 May, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the implementation of resolution 1559 (2004), Terje Roed-Larsen presented the Secretary-General’s report during informal consultations of the Council. He stressed the lack of progress during the reporting period on the implementation of resolution 1559 (2004) and expressed his concern at the delay in forming a government in Lebanon. The members of the Council reiterated their support for the Special Envoy’s mission and expressed the hope that a Lebanese government that respected its international commitments would soon be in place.
The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question
During consultations on 19 May on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General, Robert Serry, briefed the Council on the Palestinian reconciliation agreement and the serious confrontations that had occurred on 15 May between Israeli security forces and Palestinians. He noted that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would not be immune from the dramatic developments sweeping the Arab world. He said that deep differences over the stalemate in the peace process remained, as did a genuine lack of trust. He supported strengthened engagement by the Quartet to shape the process. The members of the Council called for a swift resumption of negotiations.