United Nations Security Council Resolution 344

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Adopted 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), by the Security Council at its 1760th meeting, on 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 of 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 the the Peace Conference will make speedy progress towards the establishment of a just and durable peace in the Middle East;

2. Expresses it 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 do desire;

3. Requests the Secretary-General to keep the Council suitable 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.

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