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Nickolay Mladenov, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Security Council he is “greatly concerned by the persistent lack of progress towards ending the occupation and realizing a negotiated two-State solution.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 18 DECEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, flags at the UN Headquarters

18 DECEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Council begins a session
3. Close up, Council’s President, US ambassador Kelly Craft
4. Med shot, Mladenov speaking
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“I remain greatly concerned by the persistent lack of progress towards ending the occupation and realizing a negotiated two-State solution. As I have consistently stated, it is not enough to call for the renewal of our collective efforts to this end, we must take concrete action. Absent the renewed commitment of the parties and the international community to pursue concrete measures that will lead to genuine political progress, the situation will continue to worsen. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in a fragile phase with the occupation deepening, political uncertainty prevailing, and volatile regional dynamics threatening to further de-stabilize the situation.
6. Wide shot, Council in meeting
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“In the three years since Security Council resolution 2334 was adopted, plans for over 22,000 units have been advanced or approved in West Bank settlements, including in East Jerusalem. Tenders for some 8,000 units have been issued. These numbers should be of serious concern to all those who continue to support the establishment of an independent and viable Palestinian state alongside Israel.”
8. Close up, Israeli ambassador
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“The continued demolitions and seizures of Palestinian structures, including internationally funded humanitarian projects, is also of significant concern. This practice is not in line with international humanitarian law and must stop. Affected populations must be duly compensated for damages incurred. Similarly, the high number of Palestinian households in East Jerusalem with eviction cases filed against them is alarming. Israel, as an occupying power, must abide by its obligations under international humanitarian law.”
10. Wide shot, delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations:
“The fate of the region lies to a great extent in the capacity of the international community to demonstrate that the international will to achieve peace is stronger than the Israeli will to colonize Palestinian land. We call on the Council and all States to act now to advance accountability and justice, freedom and peace, for the sake of the Palestinian people, the Israeli people, and future generations, for the sake of regional and global peace and security and the international rules-based order.”
12. Wide shot, Council in meeting
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“Wherever the Iran regime’s tentacles can reach, civilians suffer. The Islamic Republic the biggest threat to security and stability in the region. Yet, still, many members of this esteem Council and international community try and appease the regime. For years, Israel has warned that regime’s nuclear and expansionist ambitions are a threat to entire world.”
14. Wide shot, Council in meeting
15. Med shot, Adele Raemer on screen
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the US to the United Nations:
“It would not surprise anyone in this chamber to hear me say that the Trump administration strongly opposes resolution 2334. It is one-sided, it is unfairly critical of Israel and had I been ambassador at the time of the vote on the resolution, I would have veto it.”
17. Zoom out, end of meeting

STORYLINE:

Nickolay Mladenov, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Security Council he is “greatly concerned by the persistent lack of progress towards ending the occupation and realizing a negotiated two-State solution.”

Mladenov was briefing the Security Council on Wednesday (18 Dec) on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2334 from December 2016, which condemned Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and demanded that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.”

“In the three years since Security Council resolution 2334 was adopted, plans for over 22,000 units have been advanced or approved in West Bank settlements, including in East Jerusalem. Tenders for some 8,000 units have been issued,” said Mladenov. “These numbers should be of serious concern to all those who continue to support the establishment of an independent and viable Palestinian state alongside Israel,” warned Mladenov.

The Special Coordinator also said “the continued demolitions and seizures of Palestinian structures, including internationally funded humanitarian projects, is also of significant concern. This practice is not in line with international humanitarian law and must stop. Affected populations must be duly compensated for damages incurred. Similarly, the high number of Palestinian households in East Jerusalem with eviction cases filed against them is alarming. Israel, as an occupying power, must abide by its obligations under international humanitarian law.”

Also speaking at the Council, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations Riyad Mansour implored the international community to “demonstrate that the international will to achieve peace is stronger than the Israeli will to colonize Palestinian land.”

“We call on the Council and all States to act now to advance accountability and justice, freedom and peace, for the sake of the Palestinian people, the Israeli people, and future generations, for the sake of regional and global peace and security and the international rules-based order,” said Mansour.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Danny Donan, used his speech to once again condemn Iran over its “expansionist ambitions.”

Danon said “wherever the Iran regime’s tentacles can reach, civilians suffer. The Islamic Republic the biggest threat to security and stability in the region. Yet, still, many members of this esteem Council and international community try and appease the regime. For years, Israel has warned that regime’s nuclear and expansionist ambitions are a threat to entire world.”

Kelly Craft, US ambassador to the United Nations and the President of the Security Council for the month of December, said “the Trump administration strongly opposes resolution 2334.”

“It is one-sided, it is unfairly critical of Israel and had I been ambassador at the time of the vote on the resolution, I would have veto it,” said Craft.

Briefers also included Adele Raemir, an English teacher who is living in Kibbutz Nirim, at the Israel-Gaza border since 1975 and who told the Council about her experience of living under threat of rocket attacks from Gaza.
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