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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid out a new peace plan to the Security Council today calling for the establishment of a “multi-lateral international mechanism” to resolve the question of Palestine. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 20 FEBRUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

20 FEBRUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestine:
“The United States has contradicted itself and its commitments and violated international law in its decision regarding Jerusalem. So, it has become impossible today for one country alone to solve a regional or international conflict without the participation of other international partners. Therefore, our position is that it is essential to establish a multi-lateral international mechanism to solve the Palestine question emanating from an international conference and in line with international law.”
4. Med shot, US ambassador
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestine:
“We are willing, Mr. President, to walk to the end of the world to realize our rights. But we are not ready to move one inch if anyone wants us to forsake these rights.”
6. Wide shot, Abbas addressing Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestine:
“Mr. President, we have knocked on your door today, as you are the highest international body entrusted with the maintenance of international peace and security. There is no one else. You are on top. We have presented our vision for peace in the hopes that it will be received with wisdom and justice. We are ready to begin negotiations immediately, at any moment, and will not evade.”
8. Zoom out, Israeli ambassador
9. Wide shot, Abbas leaving Security Council
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“I expected Mr. Abbas to stay with us and have a dialogue, unfortunately he’s once again running away. Look what just happened in this room. Mr. Abbas came in; he put his demands on the table; and he left; and he’s expecting you to deliver the results. It’s not going to work that way. The only way to move forward is to have direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.”
11. Wide shot, Security Council
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“Today, once again, rather than driving just 12 minutes, 12 minutes, between Ramallah to Jerusalem, he has chosen to fly 12 hours to New York to avoid the possibility of peace. Mr. Abbas, you have made it clear, with your words and with your actions, that you are no longer part of the solution. You are the problem.”
13. Med shot, Palestinian ambassador
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
(Soundbite starts under cutway) “The United States knows the Palestinian leadership was very unhappy with the decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem. You don’t have to like that decision. You don’t have to praise it. You don’t even have to accept it. But know this: that decision will not change.”
15.Wide shot, Israeli ambassador addressing Security Council
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“The United States stands ready to work with the Palestinian leadership. Our negotiators are sitting right behind me, ready to talk. But we will not chase after you. The choice, Mr. President, is yours.”
17. Med shot, Israeli ambassador
18. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This is a time for dialogue, for reconciliation, for reason. At this moment of grave consequence, I appeal for effective concerted action by all parties. It is more important than ever.”
19. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid out a new peace plan to the Security Council today (20 Feb) calling for the establishment of a “multi-lateral international mechanism” to resolve the question of Palestine.

Addressing the Council, Abbas said the United States had “contradicted itself and its commitments and violated international law” with its recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel adding that it has become “impossible today for one country alone to solve a regional or international conflict without the participation of other international partners.” He called for the establishment of a multi-lateral international mechanism to solve the Palestine question emanating from an international conference and in line with international law.

In his proposed peace plan, President Abbas called for the convening of an international peace conference by mid-2018. He said the outcomes of this conference should include the acceptance of Palestine as a full member of the United Nations, guaranteeing international protection for the Palestinian people, and mutual recognition between the Palestine and Israel on the basis of the 1967 borders. He said the outcome should also include the formation of an international multilateral mechanism that will assist the two parties in the negotiations to resolve the permanent status issues defined in the Oslo Accords, including Jerusalem, borders, security, settlements, refugees, water, and prisoners, and the implementation what is to be agreed upon within a set timeframe and with guarantees.

Abbas also proposed that, during the period of negotiations, all parties must refrain from unilateral actions, particularly those that would prejudge the outcome of a final solution, including the cessation of settlement activities, the suspension of the US decision regarding Jerusalem, and the refraining of Palestine from further joining international organizations.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mahmoud Abbas, President, Palestine:
“We are willing, Mr. President, to walk to the end of the world to realize our rights. But we are not ready to move one inch if anyone wants us to forsake these rights.”

The Palestinian President said he had come to the Security Council as the highest international body entrusted with the maintenance of international peace and security to present his vision for peace “in the hopes that it will be received with wisdom and justice.” He added, “We are ready to begin negotiations immediately, at any moment, and will not evade.”

Israeli ambassador Danny Danon said Abbas - who left the meeting after delivering his remarks - was “once again running away.” He said Abbas “came in; he put his demands on the table; and he left; and he’s expecting [the Security Council] to deliver the results.” Dannon stressed that the only way to move forward is to have “direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“Today, once again, rather than driving just 12 minutes, 12 minutes, between Ramallah to Jerusalem, he has chosen to fly 12 hours to New York to avoid the possibility of peace. Mr. Abbas, you have made it clear, with your words and with your actions, that you are no longer part of the solution. You are the problem.”

The Israeli ambassador said, by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, US President Donald Trump was simply recognizing what should be clear to everyone. He said Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people since the days of King David and would remain the undivided capital of Israel for forever.

US ambassador Nikki Haley said Palestinian leadership had a choice to make between the path of absolutist demands, hateful rhetoric, and incitement to violence and the path of negotiation and compromise.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“The United States knows the Palestinian leadership was very unhappy with the decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem. You don’t have to like that decision. You don’t have to praise it. You don’t even have to accept it. But know this: that decision will not change.”

Haley said putting forward old talking points would achieved nothing adding that the US welcomed new thinking. She noted that the United States stands ready to work with the Palestinian leadership adding, “Our negotiators are sitting right behind me, ready to talk; but we will not chase after you; the choice, Mr. President, is yours.”

Speaking earlier, UN chief António Guterres reiterated his full personal commitment, and the commitment of the United Nations, to supporting the parties in their efforts to achieve a two-State solution. However, he warned that after decades of support, the global consensus for a two-State solution could be eroding and the obstacles on the ground have the potential to create an irreversible one-state reality.

Guterres stressed that “this is a time for dialogue, for reconciliation, for reason.” He appealed for effective concerted action by all parties “at this moment of grave consequence” adding that was “more important than ever.”
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