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24-Nov-2014 00:02:35
On the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, GA President Sam Kutesa said “the path towards a durable peace remains uncertain.” UNRWA Chief Pierre Krähenbüh said “recovery in Gaza is imperative.” UNIFEED-UNTV
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DATELINE: 24 NOVEMBER 2014, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

24 NOVEMBER 2014, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, delegates sitting down after minute of silence
3. Wide shot, dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sam Kahamba Kutesa, President of the Sixty-ninth Session of the United Nations General Assembly:
“Regrettably, as we meet here today, the path towards a durable peace remains uncertain. The peace process now hangs from a thread and the process of rapprochement seems to be slipping away. The lack of progress and the renewed tension require sustained attention. The international community should continue to support the parties to overcome their differences and return to direct talks within a clear framework, based on internationally recognized parameters.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of UNRWA:
"Recovery in Gaza is imperative. And while we welcome the efforts being made to facilitate the entry of building material into Gaza, which have led to some initial positive results, the reconstruction process needs to be speeded up, otherwise we will reach the winter with little progress in repairing and rebuilding the homes of the 110,000 persons still displaced, including those residing in UNRWA schools.”
7. Pan left, Palestinian journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations:
"We are getting closer and closer to being fully ready to assume the full responsibility of running a functioning state that will not be an LDC, least developed state, but it will be as minimum as a middle income state, as was stipulated by the World Bank.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations:
"We are the Palestinian people, this time is our time, and this time is the time of our independence.”
11. Wide shot, dais
12. Various shots, General Assembly
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Prosor, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“According to the United Nations about 700,000 Palestinians were displaced by the war initiated by the Arabs themselves. At the same time, some 850,000 Jews were forced to flee from Arab countries. Why is it that 67 years later the displacement of Jews has been completely forgotten by this institution, while the displacement of Palestinians is subject to an annual debate?”
14. Wide shot, Prosor at the podium
STORYLINE
General Assemble President Sam Kutesa today (24 Nov) said that “regrettably” the path towards a durable peace in the Middle East “remains uncertain” and the peace process “now hangs from a thread.”

Kutesa speaking to a special meeting on the Observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, said “the lack of progress and the renewed tension require sustained attention” and “the international community should continue to support the parties to overcome their differences and return to direct talks within a clear framework, based on internationally recognized parameters.”

Addressing the meeting, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Pierre Krähenbühl, said “recovery in Gaza is imperative.”

Krähenbühl welcomed efforts being made to facilitate the entry of building material into Gaza, but said “the reconstruction process needs to be speeded up, otherwise we will reach the winter with little progress in repairing and rebuilding the homes of the 110,000 persons still displaced, including those residing in UNRWA schools.”

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad H. Mansour told the meeting that the Palestinian State is “getting closer and closer to being fully ready to assume the full responsibility of running a functioning state that will not be an LDC, least developed state, but it will be as minimum as a middle income state, as was stipulated by the World Bank.”

He said "we are the Palestinian people, this time is our time, and this time is the time of our independence.”

Later at the General Assembly’s plenary meeting, Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor said that in 1947 “about 700,000 Palestinians were displaced by the war initiated by the Arabs themselves. At the same time, some 850,000 Jews were forced to flee from Arab countries. Why is it that 67 years later the displacement of Jews has been completely forgotten by this institution, while the displacement of Palestinians is subject to an annual debate?”

In 1975, by its resolution 3376 the UN General Assembly established the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), and requested it to recommend a programme of implementation to enable the Palestinian people to exercise their inalienable rights to self-determination without external interference, national independence and sovereignty; and to return to their homes and property from which they had been displaced.
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