UN / JERUSALEM

08-Dec-2017 00:03:58
Following United States President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, told the Security Council that “any unilateral decision that seeks to alter the character and status of Jerusalem could seriously undermine current peace efforts and may have repercussions across the region.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 08 DECEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarter

20 APRIL 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, US Ambassador Nikki Haley speaking with Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour
4. Med shot, Haley speaking with Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“The United Nations has repeatedly declared that any unilateral decision that seeks to alter the character and status of Jerusalem could seriously undermine current peace efforts and may have repercussions across the region. As stated by the Secretary-General, the United Nations position is clear, Jerusalem is a final status issue for which a comprehensive, just, and lasting solution must be achieved through negotiations between the parties and on the basis of the relevant UN resolutions and mutual agreements.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United
Nations:
“Israel, like all nations, has the right to determine its capital city. Jerusalem is the home of Israel’s parliament, president, prime minister, Supreme Court, and many of its ministries. It is simple common sense that foreign embassies be located there.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations:
“The extremely regrettable announcement, on 6 December, by United States President Donald Trump, declaring America's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its decision to move its embassy to the City, in direct contravention of Security Council resolutions and the longstanding international consensus on Jerusalem, has heightened tensions and risks complete destabilization of this volatile situation, with far-reaching consequences.”
10. Med shot, Council President
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations:
“Complicity must be recognized. The US decision to reward Israelis impunity undermines and essentially disqualifies its leadership rote to seek peace in the region.”
12. Med shot, Haley
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United
Nations:
“The Palestinians now have a decision to make. They can choose violence, as they've always done - and as we speak we receive reports about rockets flying from Gaza into Israel - or they can choose to join us at the negotiating table. They can meet us to talk - in Ramallah, in Jerusalem, or anywhere around the world. I sincerely hope they make the right decision. The American announcement should serve as a reality check for the Palestinians and for the nations of the world.”
14. Close up, Danon turning pages
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United
Nations:
“They can learn that there will never be peace without Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.”
16. Wide shot, end of meeting
17. Wide shot, ambassadors at the stakeout podium
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
“We disagree with the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to begin preparations to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is not in line with Security Council resolutions and it’s unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region. The status of Jerusalem must be determined through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, leading to a final status agreement. It is a constant position of EU members that within this framework, Jerusalem should ultimately be the capital of both Israeli and Palestinian states.”
19. Wide shot, ambassadors walk away
STORYLINE
Following United States President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, today (8 Dec) told the Security Council that “any unilateral decision that seeks to alter the character and status of Jerusalem could seriously undermine current peace efforts and may have repercussions across the region.”

Briefing by video teleconference, Mladenov said “the United Nations position is clear, Jerusalem is a final status issue for which a comprehensive, just, and lasting solution must be achieved through negotiations between the parties and on the basis of the relevant UN resolutions and mutual agreements.”

The Special Envoy said that he is particularly concerned about the potential risk of a violent escalation and that his office continues to follow developments on the ground closely.

US Ambassador, Nikki Haley, told the Council “Israel, like all nations, has the right to determine its capital city,” noting that “Jerusalem is the home of Israel’s parliament, president, prime minister, Supreme Court, and many of its ministries” and it was “is simple common sense that foreign embassies be located there.”

Palestinian Ambassador, Riyad Mansour, said President Trump’s announcement was “extremely regrettable” and was “in direct contravention of Security Council resolutions and the longstanding international consensus on Jerusalem, has heightened tensions and risks complete destabilization of this volatile situation, with far-reaching consequences.”

Mansour said, “complicity must be recognized” and added that “the US decision to reward Israelis impunity undermines and essentially disqualifies its leadership rote to seek peace in the region.”

Israeli Ambassador, Danny Danon, said Palestinians “can choose violence, as they've always done” or they can “choose to join us at the negotiating table.”

Danon said “the American announcement should serve as a reality check for the Palestinians and for the nations of the world” and added that these nations “can learn that there will never be peace without Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.”

Outside the Council, European Union member states issued a joint statement in disagreement with the US decision.

UK Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said the decision was “not in line with Security Council resolutions and it’s unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.”

He stressed that “the status of Jerusalem must be determined through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, leading to a final status agreement” and Jerusalem “should ultimately be the capital of both Israeli and Palestinian states.”

Since the US announcement, widespread demonstrations and violent clashes have occurred between Palestinian protestors and Israel Security Forces throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza.

According to the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN’s relief wing, at least one Palestinian was killed and more than 140 injured.

Protests have also been reported in other Arab cities and villages within Israel, as well in cities around the region and beyond, from Lebanon and Jordan to Malaysia and Bangladesh.
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