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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, José Manuel García-Margallo, tpresented a series of proposals aimed at easing the current tensions in the Middle East. UNIFEED-UNTV

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STORY: UN / SPAIN MIDDLE EAST
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DATELINE: 22 OCTOBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

22 OCTOBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, dais
3. Wide shot, audience
4. SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel García-Margallo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain:
“We have asked many, many times, and we will do it again, is for the Secretary-General to appoint a special envoy to take into account and put together all these initiatives and to foster this intercultural dialogue, religious intercultural dialogue which is one of the means to finish with these kind of conflicts all over the world.”
5. Med shot, reporter
6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) José Manuel García-Margallo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain:
“This would have to be done immediately if we want this conference to contribute to the objectives that it was conceived for. That is, to reduce the tensions in the mount, to ensure the maintenance of the status quo and to dissipate the possibility of the religious component muddling the relations between Palestinians and Israelis, which are already very complicated.”
7. Wide shot, reporters
8. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) José Manuel García-Margallo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain:
“Practically every delegation have declared, all of them, have declared that they are in favour of the two States, putting aside the alternative solution of a bi-national State. And all have stressed that if we don’t want this solution - the only viable one I insist - to fade away, it is necessary to end the settlements policy which runs the risk of making this solution physically impossible.”
9. Pan right, reporters
10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) José Manuel García-Margallo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain:
“The lack of progress in the negotiating process is weakening the moderate parties on both sides. There is a feeling of frustration in the Palestinian Authority as you know very well. they understand that negotiations have not brought about concrete results toward s the two states whole it has allowed for an advancement of settlements in the West Bank. This has been taken advantage of by the Palestinian side, Hamas, to be very clear in this, and is probably debilitating the position of Abbas himself at the centre of the Palestinian Authority, at the centre of his own party, Fatah.”
11. Zoom out, end of presser

STORYLINE:

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, José Manuel García-Margallo, today (22 Oct) presented a series of proposals aimed at easing the current tensions in the Middle East.

García-Margallo said that Spain, which holds the presidency of the Security Council during the month of October, has repeatedly asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint a special envoy to take into account initiatives aimed at fostering religious intercultural dialogue “which is one of the means to finish with these kind of conflicts all over the world.”

Pointedly, he called for a conference of religious leaders in Israel and Palestine “to be done immediately.”

The goal of the conference, he said, would be “to reduce the tensions in the mount, to ensure the maintenance of the status quo and to dissipate the possibility of the religious component muddling the relations between Palestinians and Israelis, which are already very complicated.”

Regarding today’s meeting of the Security Council, which he presided, he said “practically every delegation have declared, all of them, have declared that they are in favour of the two States, putting aside the alternative solution of a bi-national State.”

He said that in order for the two-state solution to be viable, “it is necessary to end the settlements policy which runs the risk of making this solution physically impossible.”

García-Margallo noted that “the lack of progress in the negotiating process is weakening the moderate parties on both sides.”
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