UN / BAN KI-MOON

15-Sep-2011 00:02:26
Addressing the press ahead of the UN General Debate, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commented on the "lack of progress" in the Middle East Peace process saying "ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and achieving a two-state solution is long overdue. Time is not our friend." UNTV
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STORY: UN / BAN KI-MOON
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SOURCE: UNTV
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 SEPTEMBER 2011, UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN headquarters

15 SEPTEMBER 2011, UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press conference
3. Cutaway, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“So far, we know that 121 heads of state and government will attend. Of these, 12 are women leaders. For the first time in the 66-year history of the United Nations, a woman leader will be the first speaker of the General Debate. She is the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff.”
5. Cutaway, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“On the Middle East, I am profoundly troubled by the lack of progress in the peace negotiations. It is vital that they resume. Ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and achieving a two-state solution is long overdue. Time is not our friend.”
7. Cutaway, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The UN Charter is quite clear that the recognition of a State and membership in the United Nations are issues for Member States to decide and other UN intergovernmental bodies.”
9. Cutaway, journalists
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I visited South Pacific countries earlier this month: Solomon Islands and Kiribati. My visit to these countries was quite alarming and I was struck by what I have seen, particularly in Kiribati. I was given even a life jacket because they were afraid that the sea tide during night time may impact my hotel.”
11. Cutaway, journalists
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Now, when he is not keeping his promises, then enough is enough. The international community should really take some coherent measures and speak in one voice.”
13. Cutaway, journalists
14. Wide shot, end of press conference
STORYLINE
Addressing the press ahead of the United Nations (UN) General Debate, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commented on the “lack of progress” in the Middle East Peace process saying “ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and achieving a two-state solution is long overdue. Time is not our friend.”

Besides the General Debate, heads of state and government are expected to attend a series of high-level meetings on issues ranging from non-communicable diseases and nutrition to nuclear safety and desertification will also be held. According to media reports, the Palestinian Authority is also expected to make their bid for full UN membership and statehood during the high-level period.

Ahead of next week’s special session on Libya, Ban said he looks forward to Security Council action on his proposals for a UN support mission to help the transitional authorities and the Libyan people during the critical post-conflict phase.

Turning to Syria, he said President Bashar Al-Assad “is not keeping his promises” and urged the international community to “take some coherent measures and speak in one voice.”

Ban also intends to make a special plea before world leaders for the Horn of Africa, where the number of people in need due to drought, famine and conflict has grown from 12.4 million to 13.3 million. So far only two-thirds of the $2.4 billion in assistance requested by the UN and its partners has been received.

So far 121 Heads of State and Government are expected to attend the 66th Session of the General Debate starting on 21 September. Ban said “For the first time in the 66-year history of the United Nations, a woman leader will be the first speaker of the General Debate.” He was referring to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
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