Letter dated 9 March 2009 from the Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council
I have the honour to transmit herewith the report on the work of the Security Council during the presidency of Japan, in February 2009 (see annex).
The document was prepared under my own responsibility, following consultations with other members of the Security Council. I should be grateful if you would have the present letter and its annex circulated as a document of the Security Council.
(Signed) Yukio Takasu
Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
Annex to the letter dated 9 March 2009 from the Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council
Assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of Japan (February 2009)
Under the presidency of Japan in February 2009, the Security Council addressed a wide range of regional issues, including the situations in Chad and the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Georgia, Iraq, the Middle East, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, Somalia, the Sudan and Timor-Leste. The Council held 10 official meetings, of which 9 were public ones, including an open debate on Timor-Leste, and 13 consultations of the whole, including an informal briefing by the Secretary-General on his recent travels. It adopted two resolutions extending the mandates of United Nations peacekeeping missions. The President also made four statements to the press on behalf of the Security Council.
The Middle East, including the Palestinian question
On 18 February, the Council heard a briefing on the Middle East from the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry. He reported to the Council that a number of issues, including the humanitarian situation in Gaza, Palestinian reconciliation, and the new political situation in Israel, needed to be addressed for the peace process to advance and emphasized the importance of a durable and sustainable ceasefire as called for in resolution 1860 (2009). With regard to Lebanon, he noted that the situation remained relatively stable despite increased tension after the crisis in Gaza. During the consultations of the whole that followed, many Council members stressed the need for an effective ceasefire, unimpeded access for humanitarian assistance, opening of the crossings into Gaza and Palestinian unity.