Resolution 344 (1973)
of 15 December 1973
The Security Council,
Considering that it has decided by its resolution 338 (1973) of 22 October 1973 that talks among the parties to the Middle East conflict for the implementation of resolution 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967 should be held under "appropriate auspices",
Noting that a peace conference on the Middle East situation is to begin shortly at Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations,
1. Expresses the hope that the Peace Conference will make speedy progress towards the establishment of a just and durable peace in the Middle East;
2. Expresses its confidence that the Secretary-General will play a full and effective role at the Conference, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and that he will preside over its proceedings, if the parties so desire;
3. Requests the Secretary-General to keep the Council suitably informed of the developments in negotiations at the Conference, in order to enable it to review the problems on a continuing basis;
4. Requests the Secretary-General to provide all necessary assistance and facilities for the work of the Conference.
Adopted at the 1760th meeting by 10 votes to none with 4 abstentions (France, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America)1/
1/ One member (China) did not participate in the voting.