Resolution and Decision

of the Security Council

1 August 2009 – 31 July 2010


 

NOTE

 The present volume of Resolutions and Decisions of the Security Council contains the resolutions adopted and the decisions taken by the Council on substantive questions during the period from 1 August 2009 to 31 July 2010, as well as decisions on some of the more important procedural matters. The resolutions and decisions are set out in parts I and II, under general headings indicating the questions under consideration. In each part, the questions are arranged according to the date on which they were first taken up by the Council, and under each question the resolutions and decisions appear in chronological order.

  The resolutions are numbered in the order of their adoption. Each resolution is followed by the result of the vote. Decisions are usually taken without a vote.


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Resolutions adopted and decisions taken by the Security Council

from 1 August 2009 to 31 July 2010

 

Part I. Questions considered by the Security Council under its responsibility

for the maintenance of international peace and security

 

  

ITEMS RELATING TO THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST

 

A.   The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question1

 Decisions 

At its 6182nd meeting, on 19 August 2009, 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. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

At its 6190th meeting, on 17 September 2009, 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. Robert H. Serry, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General.

At its 6201st meeting, on 14 October 2009, the Council decided to invite the representatives of Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Israel, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Maldives, Morocco, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, the Syrian Arab Republic, the United Republic of Tanzania and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) to participate, without vote, in accordance with rule 37 of its provisional rules of procedure, 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 Mr. Riad Al-Malki, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian National Authority, in response to the request dated 12 October 2009 from the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Council,2  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. B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

At the same meeting, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Yahya Mahmassani, Permanent Observer for the League of Arab States to the United Nations, in response to the request dated 12 October 2009 from the Permanent Representative of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Council.

At the same meeting, the Council also decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Paul Badji, Chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in response to his request dated 8 October 2009.

At its 6223rd meeting, on 24 November 2009, 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. Haile Menkerios, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

At its 6248th meeting, on 17 December 2009, 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. Robert H. Serry, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General.

At its 6265th meeting, on 27 January 2010, the Council decided to invite the representatives of Algeria, Argentina, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) and Viet Nam to participate, without vote, in accordance with rule 37 of its provisional rules of procedure, 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 the request dated 22 January 2010 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine addressed to the President of the Council,3 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. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

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. Pedro Serrano, Acting Head of the Delegation of the European Union 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 Mr. Paul Badji, Chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in response to his request dated 22 January 2010.

At the same meeting, the Council further decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Yahya Mahmassani, Permanent Observer for the League of Arab States to the United Nations, in response to the request dated 26 January 2010 from the Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Council.

At its 6273rd meeting, on 18 February 2010, 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. B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

At its 6292nd meeting, on 24 March 2010, the Council considered the item entitled “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”.

At its 6298th meeting, on 14 April 2010, the Council decided to invite the representatives of Botswana, Cuba, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) to participate, without vote, in accordance with rule 37 of its provisional rules of procedure, 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 8 April 2010 to the President of the Council,4  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. B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

At the same meeting, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Zahir Tanin, Vice-Chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in response to his request dated 12 April 2010.

At the same meeting, the Council also decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Pedro Serrano, Acting Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, in response to his request dated 1 April 2010.

At its 6315th meeting, on 18 May 2010, 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. Robert H. Serry, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General.

At its 6325th meeting, on 31 May 2010, the Council decided to invite the representative of Israel to participate, without vote, in accordance with rule 37 of its provisional rules of procedure, in the discussion of the item entitled:

“The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question
“Letter dated 31 May 2010 from the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2010/266)
“Letter dated 31 May 2010 from the Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2010/267)”.

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 31 May 2010 to the President of the Council,5 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. Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

At its 6326th meeting, on 1 June 2010, the Council considered the item entitled:

“The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question
“Letter dated 31 May 2010 from the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2010/266)
“Letter dated 31 May 2010 from the Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2010/267)”.

At the same meeting, pursuant to the decision taken at the 6325th meeting, the Council extended an invitation to the representative of Israel to participate, without vote, in the discussion of the item.

At the same meeting, pursuant to the decision taken at the 6325th meeting, the Council extended an invitation to the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations in accordance with the provisional rules of procedure of the Council and its previous practice in that regard.

At the same meeting, following consultations among members of the Security Council, the President made the following statement on behalf of the Council:6

“The Security Council deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries resulting from the use of force during the Israeli military operation in international waters against the convoy sailing to Gaza. The Council, in this context, condemns those acts which resulted in the loss of at least ten civilian lives and left many wounded, and expresses its condolences to the families.
“The Council requests the immediate release of the ships as well as the civilians held by Israel. The Council urges Israel to permit full consular access, to allow the countries concerned to retrieve their deceased and wounded immediately and to ensure the delivery of humanitarian assistance from the convoy to its destination.
“The Council takes note of the statement of the Secretary-General on the need to have a full investigation into the matter and it calls for a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation conforming to international standards.
“The Council stresses that the situation in Gaza is not sustainable. The Council re-emphasizes the importance of the full implementation of resolutions 1850 (2008) and 1860 (2009). In that context, it reiterates its grave concern at the humanitarian situation in Gaza and stresses the need for a sustained and regular flow of goods and people to Gaza as well as the unimpeded provision and distribution of humanitarian assistance throughout Gaza.
“The Council underscores that the only viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an agreement negotiated between the parties and re-emphasizes that only a two-State solution, with an independent and viable Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel and its other neighbours, could bring peace to the region.
“The Council expresses support for the proximity talks and voices concern that this incident took place while the proximity talks are under way and urges the parties to act with restraint, avoiding any unilateral and provocative actions, and all international partners to promote an atmosphere of cooperation between the parties and throughout the region.”

At its 6340th meeting, on 15 June 2010, 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. Robert H. Serry, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General.

At its 6363rd meeting, on 21 July 2010, the Council decided to invite the representatives of Bangladesh, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Iceland, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) to participate, without vote, in accordance with rule 37 of its provisional rules of procedure, 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 20 July 2010 to the President of the Council,7 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. B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

At the same meeting, the Council decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Paul Badji, Chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in response to his request dated 16 July 2010.

At the same meeting, the Council also decided to extend an invitation, under rule 39 of its provisional rules of procedure, to Mr. Pedro Serrano, Acting Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, in response to his request dated 20 July 2010.

Notes

1Resolutions or decisions on this question were first adopted by the Security Council in 2000.

 2Document S/2009/531, incorporated in the record of the 6201st meeting.

 3Document S/2010/44, incorporated in the record of the 6265th meeting.

 4Document S/2010/182, incorporated in the record of the 6298th meeting.

 5Document S/2010/268, incorporated in the record of the 6325th meeting. 

 6S/PRST/2010/9.

 7Document S/2010/391, incorporated in the record of the 6363rd meeting.

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