Wrapping up Middle East debate, Security Council considers resolution

9 April 2002

Wrapping up a two-day open debate on the situation in the Middle East, the United Nations Security Council today began informal consultations on a draft resolution sponsored by Syria.

Wrapping up a two-day open debate on the situation in the Middle East, the United Nations Security Council today began informal consultations on a draft resolution sponsored by Syria.

The proposed text condemns the failure to implement Council resolutions 1402 and 1403 and, among other points, calls on Israel to effectively respect the Fourth Geneva Convention on the protection of civilians in the occupied Palestinian territory, according to UN spokesman Fred Eckhard.

Before moving into closed-door talks on the draft, the Council heard from the remaining nations taking part in the debate, which saw the participation of over 40 representatives since it began yesterday afternoon.

Spain's representative, Juan Luis Flores, speaking today for the European Union and associated States, said resolutions 1397, 1402 and 1403 must be implemented immediately. He voiced deep regret over the fact that the resolutions continued to be ignored, particularly their demands for an immediate cessation of violence, a meaningful and effective ceasefire, and the immediate withdrawal of Israeli troops.

Widespread serious concern was expressed at the deadly violence in the Middle East, with speakers calling for immediate implementation of the Council’s recent resolutions on the region. A number of speakers said the Council’s credibility was at stake and called on the 15-member body to take strong action, including the possible dispatch of an international monitoring force to the region.

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