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Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine - Report of the UN SG (A/63/368-S/2008/612)

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General Assembly
Sixty-third session

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Sixty-third year

Agenda items 15 and 16

The situation in the Middle East Question of Palestine

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The present report is submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 62/83 of 10 December 2007. It contains replies received from the President of the Security Council and the concerned parties to the notes verbales sent by the Secretary-General pursuant to the request contained in paragraph 20 of the resolution. The report also contains the observations of the Secretary-General on the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on international efforts to move the peace process forward with a view to achieving a peaceful settlement. The report covers the period from September 2007 through August 2008.

I. Introduction

1. The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 62/83 of 10 December 2007.

2. On 1 June 2008, pursuant to the request contained in paragraph 20 of the above-mentioned resolution, I addressed the following letter to the President of the Security Council:

"I have the honour to refer to resolution 62/83, which the General Assembly adopted on 10 December 2007, at its sixty-second session, under the agenda item 'Question of Palestine'.

"In order to fulfil my reporting responsibilities under this resolution, I should be grateful if you would kindly convey to me the views of the Security Council by 30 June 2008."