UN / PALESTINE

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The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process warned the Security Council of the dangerous dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict adding that those “who believe that the conflict can be managed in perpetuity are wrong.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 22 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

22 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Wide shot, Palestinian ambassador speaking to dignitaries
4. Wide shot, Israeli ambassador speaking to Russian deputy ambassador
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations:
“I call on Palestinian leaders to engage constructively with Egypt and act decisively to resolve the political impasse by ensuring the full implementation of the 2017 Cairo Agreement. One thing is certain, Palestinian sovereignty and statehood will remain an impossibility without genuine unity. There can be no state in Gaza and there can be no state without Gaza.”
6. Med shot, Palestinian ambassador
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations:
“A quarter of a century of investment in peace and state-building must not be allowed to wither under the pressure of violence, radicalisation and suffering. The agreements and the principles that have been established over the last twenty-five years must be respected by all if peace is to have a chance.”
8. Med shot, Israeli ambassador
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations:
“Those who believe that the conflict can be managed in perpetuity are wrong. There is no status
quo; there is only a deterioration that, if left unchecked, without a vision and the political will for
peace, can only lead to endless conflict and the steady rise of radicalization on all sides.”
10. Wide shot, Palestinian ambassador addressing Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“Day by day, the occupation is destroying the two-State solution and sowing deep despair among our people. This is especially acute among our youth, who have known only the oppression and dehumanization of foreign occupation and blockade all their lives and who are losing hope for a better future and losing trust in the promises of peace and justice made to them by their leadership and the international community.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“Israel, the occupying Power, is flagrantly carrying on with its illegal settlement campaign, making a mockery of international law and of the Security Council's credibility.”
14. Med shot, delegates
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“We call for serious action, in accordance with the Charter and the Council's own resolutions, to bring a halt to Israel's impunity, with a view to not only saving the possibility of a just peace, but actually promoting its achievement.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process warned the Security Council of the dangerous dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict adding that those “who believe that the conflict can be managed in perpetuity are wrong.”

Speaking to the Council today (22 Jan) via teleconference from Geneva, Nickolay Mladenov said the possibility of establishing a viable, contiguous Palestinian state had been systematically eroded by facts on the ground. He said Israeli authorities had advanced settlement plans and attempted to pass legislation that would directly apply Israeli law to the occupied West Bank, raising fears of future annexation. He reiterated the UN’s long-standing position that settlements are illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace.

On the Palestinian side, Mladenov said there were growing pressures on the foundations of the future Palestinian state, many of them imposed by decades of occupation and internal divisions. He said, despite the tireless efforts of Egypt and the UN, hopes for a genuine intra-Palestinian reconciliation were fading by the day as the sides blame each other for the lack of progress.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, United Nations:
“I call on Palestinian leaders to engage constructively with Egypt and act decisively to resolve the political impasse by ensuring the full implementation of the 2017 Cairo Agreement. One thing is certain, Palestinian sovereignty and statehood will remain an impossibility without genuine unity. There can be no state in Gaza and there can be no state without Gaza.”

Mladenov spoke of a dangerous security dynamic unfolding in the West Bank over recent months, as a series of deadly terrorist attacks have taken place and Israeli military operations have increased in Areas A and B. He said 25 years after Oslo, the prospect for credible negotiations had dimmed, only to be replaced by the lack of hope and the growing risk of a one-state reality of perpetual occupation. He called on all sides to re-commit to the principle that core issues can only be agreed through negotiations between the parties. He added, “A quarter of a century of investment in peace and state-building must not be allowed to wither under the pressure of violence, radicalisation and suffering. The agreements and the principles that have been established over the last twenty-five years must be respected by all if peace is to have a chance.”

The Special Coordinator stressed that there is no status quo to the Question of Palestine, rather there is “only a deterioration that, if left unchecked, without a vision and the political will for peace, can only lead to endless conflict and the steady rise of radicalization on all sides.”

Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour called for immediate action to advance the realization of a two-state solution before it was too late. He said Israel was exploiting international paralysis on the matter by persisting with its illegal policies and practices, colonizing Palestinian land, and pushing peace prospects farther away.

SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“Day by day, the occupation is destroying the two-State solution and sowing deep despair among our people. This is especially acute among our youth, who have known only the oppression and dehumanization of foreign occupation and blockade all their lives and who are losing hope for a better future and losing trust in the promises of peace and justice made to them by their leadership and the international community.”

Mansour said, “Israel, the occupying Power, is flagrantly carrying on with its illegal settlement campaign, making a mockery of international law and of the Security Council's credibility.” He said 2018 witnessed the highest Palestinian casualty toll since the war on Gaza in 2014, with 295 Palestinians killed and some 29,000 injured. He called on the Security Council to take serious action “to bring a halt to Israel's impunity, with a view to not only saving the possibility of a just peace, but actually promoting its achievement.” He called on countries who have no yet recognized the State of Palestine to do so, and to support Palestine’s request to become a full member of the United Nations.
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