Resolutions and Decisions

of the Security Council

1 August 2003 – 31 July 2004


ITEMS RELATING TO THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST

A. The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question116

Decisions

At its 4810th meeting, on 19 August 2003, the Security Council considered the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

At the same meeting, in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Danilo Türk, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

At its 4824th meeting, on 15 September 2003, the Council decided to invite the representatives of Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates to participate, without vote, in the discussion of the item entitled:

“The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

“Letter dated 12 September 2003 from the Permanent Representative of the Sudan to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2003/880)”.

At the same meeting, the Council also decided to extend an invitation to the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, in response to his request dated 12 September 2003 addressed to the President of the Security Council,117 in accordance with the provisional rules of procedure of the Council and its previous practice in that regard.

At the same meeting, in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Council further decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Terje Roed-Larsen, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General.

At the same meeting, in response to the request dated 12 September 2003 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council,118 the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Yahya Mahmassani, Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations.

At the same meeting, the Council also decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in response to his request dated 15 September 2003.119

Upon resumption of the meeting, on 15 September 2003, the Council further decided to invite the representatives of Nepal and Norway to participate, without vote, in the discussion of the item.

At its 4828th meeting, on 16 September 2003, the Council considered the item entitled:

“The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

“Letter dated 12 September 2003 from the Permanent Representative of the Sudan to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2003/880)”.

In accordance with the decision taken at the 4824th meeting, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the Permanent Observer of Palestine and the representative of Israel to participate in the discussion.

At its 4841st meeting, on 14 October 2003, the Council decided to invite the representatives of Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen to participate, without vote, in the discussion of the item entitled:

“The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

“Letter dated 9 October 2003 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2003/973)”.

At the same meeting, the Council also decided to extend an invitation to the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, in response to his request dated 13 October 2003 addressed to the President of the Security Council,120 in accordance with the provisional rules of procedure of the Council and its previous practice in that regard.

At the same meeting, in response to the request dated 9 October 2003 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council,121 the Council further decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Yahya Mahmassani, Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations.

At the same meeting, in response to the request dated 13 October 2003 from the Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council,122 the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Ahmad Hajihosseini, Deputy Permanent Observer of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to the United Nations.

At the same meeting, the Council also decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in response to his request dated 13 October 2003.123

At its 4842nd meeting, on 14 October 2003, the Council considered the item entitled:

“The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

“Letter dated 9 October 2003 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2003/973)”.

In accordance with the decision taken at the 4841st meeting, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representative of Israel and the Permanent Observer of Palestine to participate in the discussion.

At its 4846th meeting, on 21 October 2003, the Council considered the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

At the same meeting, in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Kieran Prendergast, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

At its 4861st meeting, on 19 November 2003, the Council considered the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

At the same meeting, in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Kieran Prendergast, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

At its 4862nd meeting, on 19 November 2003, the Council decided to invite the representative of Israel to participate, without vote, in the discussion of the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

At the same meeting, the Council also decided to extend an invitation to the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, in response to his request dated 19 November 2003 addressed to the President of the Security Council,124 in accordance with the provisional rules of procedure of the Council and its previous practice in that regard.

Adopted unanimously at the 4862nd meeting.

Decisions

At its 4879th meeting, on 12 December 2003, the Security Council considered the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

At the same meeting, in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Terje Roed-Larsen, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General.

At its 4895th meeting, on 16 January 2004, the Council considered the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

At the same meeting, in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Kieran Prendergast, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

At its 4912th meeting, on 18 February 2004, the Council considered the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

At the same meeting, in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Terje Roed-Larsen, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General.

At its 4927th meeting, on 18 March 2004, the Council considered the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

At the same meeting, in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Danilo Türk, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

At its 4929th meeting, on 23 March 2004, the Council decided to invite the representatives of Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Morocco, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen to participate, without vote, in the discussion of the item entitled:

“The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

“Letter dated 23 March 2004 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2004/233)”.

At the same meeting, the Council also decided to extend an invitation to the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, in response to his request dated 23 March 2004 addressed to the President of the Security Council,127 in accordance with the provisional rules of procedure of the Council and its previous practice in that regard.

At the same meeting, in response to the request dated 23 March 2004 from the Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council,128 the Council further decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Yahya Mahmassani, Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations.

At the same meeting, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in response to his request dated 23 March 2004.129

At its 4934th meeting, on 25 March 2004, the Council considered the item entitled:

“The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

“Letter dated 23 March 2004 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2004/233)”.

In accordance with the decision taken at the 4929th meeting, the President, with the consent of the Council, invited the representative of Israel to participate, without vote, in the discussion of the item.

In accordance with the decision taken at the 4929th meeting, the President, with the consent of the Council, also invited the Permanent Observer of Palestine to participate in the discussion in accordance with the provisional rules of procedure of the Council and its previous practice in that regard.

At its 4945th meeting, on 19 April 2004, the Council decided to invite the representatives of Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Ireland, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Norway, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen to participate, without vote, in the discussion of the item entitled:

“The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

“Letter dated 19 April 2004 from the Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2004/303)”.

At the same meeting, the Council also decided to extend an invitation to the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, in response to his request dated 19 April 2004 addressed to the President of the Security Council,130 in accordance with the provisional rules of procedure of the Council and its previous practice in that regard.

At the same meeting, in response to the request dated 19 April 2004 from the Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council,131 the Council further decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Yahya Mahmassani, Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations.

At the same meeting, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to the Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in response to his request dated 19 April 2004.132

At its 4951st meeting, on 23 April 2004, the Council considered the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

At the same meeting, in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Terje Roed-Larsen, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General.

At its 4972nd meeting, on 19 May 2004, the Council decided to invite the representative of Israel to participate, without vote, in the discussion of the item entitled:

“The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

“Letter dated 17 May 2004 from the Permanent Representative of Yemen to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2004/393)”.

At the same meeting, the Council also decided to extend an invitation to the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, in response to his request dated 19 May 2004 addressed to the President of the Security Council,133 in accordance with the provisional rules of procedure of the Council and its previous practice in that regard.

Adopted at the 4972nd meeting

by 14 votes to none, with 1 abstention

(United States of America).

Decisions

At its 4974th meeting, on 21 May 2004, the Security Council considered the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

At the same meeting, in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Kieran Prendergast, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

At its 4995th meeting, on 23 June 2004, the Council considered the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

At the same meeting, in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Kieran Prendergast, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

At its 5002nd meeting, on 13 July 2004, the Council considered the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

At the same meeting, in accordance with the understanding reached in its prior consultations, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Terje Roed-Larsen, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General.

B. Letter dated 5 October 2003 from the Permanent Representative

of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations

addressed to the President of the Security Council

Letter dated 5 October 2003 from the Permanent Representative

of Lebanon to the United Nations addressed to

the President of the Security Council

Decisions

At its 4836th meeting, on 5 October 2003, the Security Council decided to invite the representatives of Algeria, Bahrain, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, the Sudan, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen to participate, without vote, in the discussion of the item entitled:

“Letter dated 5 October 2003 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2003/939)

“Letter dated 5 October 2003 from the Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2003/943)”.

At the same meeting, in response to the request dated 5 October 2003 from the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council,136 the Council also decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Yahya Mahmassani, Permanent Observer of the League of Arab States to the United Nations.

At the same meeting, the Council further decided to extend an invitation to the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, in response to his request dated 5 October 2003 addressed to the President of the Security Council,137 in accordance with the provisional rules of procedure of the Council and its previous practice in that regard.

C. The situation in the Middle East138

Decision

At its 4889th meeting, on 22 December 2003, the Security Council considered the item entitled:

“The situation in the Middle East

“Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (S/2003/1148)”.

Adopted unanimously at the 4889th meeting.

Decisions

At the 4889th meeting also, following the adoption of resolution 1520 (2003), the President of the Security Council made the following statement on behalf of the Council:140

On 14 January 2004, the President of the Security Council addressed the following letter to the Secretary-General:141

“I have the honour to inform you that your letter dated 9 January 2004 concerning your intention to appoint Major General Bala Nanda Sharma, of Nepal, to the post of Force Commander of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force142 has been brought to the attention of the members of the Security Council. They take note of the intention expressed in your letter.”

On 26 January 2004, the President of the Security Council addressed the following letter to the Secretary-General:143

“I have the honour to inform you that your letter dated 19 January 2004 concerning your intention to appoint Major General Alain Pellegrini, of France, as Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon144 has been brought to the attention of the members of the Security Council. They take note of the intention expressed in your letter.”

At its 4907th meeting, on 30 January 2004, the Security Council considered the item entitled:

“The situation in the Middle East

“Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (S/2004/50)”.

Adopted unanimously at the 4907th meeting.

Decision

At its 4998th meeting, on 29 June 2004, the Security Council considered the item entitled:

“The situation in the Middle East

“Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (S/2004/499)”.

Adopted unanimously at the 4998th meeting.

Decisions

At the 4998th meeting also, following the adoption of resolution 1550 (2004), the President of the Security Council made the following statement on behalf of the Council:153

At its 5012th meeting, on 29 July 2004, the Council considered the item entitled:

“The situation in the Middle East

“Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (S/2004/572 and Add.1)”.

Adopted unanimously at the 5012th meeting.

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ITEMS RELATING TO STRENGTHENING COOPERATION

WITH TROOP-CONTRIBUTING COUNTRIES

G. Meeting of the Security Council with the troop-contributing countries

to the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force pursuant

to resolution 1353 (2001), annex II, sections A and B180

Decisions

At its 4878th meeting, held in private on 11 December 2003, the Security Council decided to authorize its President to issue through the Secretary-General the following communiqué, in accordance with rule 55 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Council:

At its 4996th meeting, held in private on 24 June 2004, the Council decided to authorize its President to issue through the Secretary-General the following communiqué, in accordance with rule 55 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Council:

I. Meeting of the Security Council with the troop-contributing countries

to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon pursuant

to resolution 1353 (2001), annex II, sections A and B181

Decisions

At its 4901st meeting, held in private on 23 January 2004, the Security Council decided to authorize its President to issue through the Secretary-General the following communiqué, in accordance with rule 55 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Council:

At its 5008th meeting, held in private on 23 July 2004, the Council decided to authorize its President to issue through the Secretary-General the following communiqué, in accordance with rule 55 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Council:

Notes

116 Resolutions or decisions on this question were also adopted by the Security Council in 2000, 2001, 2002 and during the period from 1 January to 31 July 2003.

117 Document S/2003/886, incorporated in the record of the 4824th meeting.

118 Document S/2003/887, incorporated in the record of the 4824th meeting.

119 See S/PV.4824.

120 Document S/2003/988, incorporated in the record of the 4841st meeting.

121 Document S/2003/975, incorporated in the record of the 4841st meeting.

122 Document S/2003/989, incorporated in the record of the 4841st meeting.

123 See S/PV.4841.

124  Document S/2003/1102, incorporated in the record of the 4862nd meeting.

127 Document S/2004/234, incorporated in the record of the 4929th meeting.

128 Document S/2004/236, incorporated in the record of the 4929th meeting.

129 See S/PV.4929.

130 Document S/2004/305, incorporated in the record of the 4945th meeting.

131 Document S/2004/306, incorporated in the record of the 4945th meeting.

132 See S/PV.4945.

133 Document S/2004/406, incorporated in the record of the 4972nd meeting.

134 Document S/2003/941, incorporated in the record of the 4836th meeting.

137 Document S/2003/942, incorporated in the record of the 4836th meeting.

138 Resolutions or decisions on this question have been adopted by the Security Council every year since 1967.

140 S/PRST/2003/29.

141 S/2004/31.

142 S/2004/30.

143 S/2004/69.

144 S/2004/68.

153 S/PRST/2004/23.

180 Resolutions or decisions on this question were also adopted by the Security Council in 2001, 2002 and during the period from 1 January to 31 July 2003.

181 Resolutions or decisions on this question were also adopted by the Security Council in 2002 and during the period from 1 January to 31 July 2003.