Letter dated 15 November 2006 from the Permanent Representative of Ghana 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 Ghana in August 2006 (see annex). This assessment was prepared under my responsibility following consultations with the other members of the Council.
I should be grateful if you would have this letter and its annex circulated as a document of the Security Council.
(Signed) Nana Effah-Apenteng
Ambassador and Permanent Representative
Annex to the letter dated 15 November 2006 from the Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council
Assessment of the work of the Security Council during the presidency of Ghana (August 2006)
1. Although Ghana’s tenure as president of the Security Council, in August 2006, was dominated by the crisis in Lebanon and Darfur in the Sudan, several other important issues on the Council’s agenda were addressed leading to significant decisions. These included the situations in Timor-Leste, Haiti, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and the Middle East including the Palestinian question. The highlight of the Council’s efforts was an open debate on peace consolidation in West Africa, chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ghana, the Honourable Nana Akufo-Addo; the adoption of resolution 1701 (2006) on the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Lebanon and the adoption of resolution 1706 (2006) requesting the Government of the Sudan to consent to the expansion of the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) into the Darfur region.
2. The Council held 8 official meetings and 18 informal consultations. It adopted eight resolutions and three presidential statements. The President also made three statements to the press on behalf of the Security Council.
The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question
35. At an open meeting held on 22 August, the Council was briefed by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari, on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. The Under-Secretary-General noted that it was time to step back from the tragic events of the past month and take a closer look at the Middle East peace process which had stagnated in the wake of unfulfilled promises, political indifference and tit-for-tat violence by Israel and Palestine.
36. He emphasized that the absence of a comprehensive solution was the root cause of the region’s problems, and progress towards a two-State solution would facilitate the resolution of conflict elsewhere in the region. He referred to the recent call by the Secretary-General for a renewed international effort to bring stability and peace to the whole region.
37. The members of the Council who addressed the issue stressed that if resolution 1701 (2006) was fully implemented it would contribute positively to the Middle East peace process, particularly the question of Palestine. They also called on Israel and Palestine to engage in negotiations based on existing agreements and obligations. The Council was encouraged to seek a fair and comprehensive solution to the conflict.