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UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council that heightened tensions in the Middle East threaten to destabilize an already volatile political and security environment adding that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not immune to these tensions. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

21 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Wide shot, DiCarlo at Security Council meeting
4. Med shot, Israeli ambassador
5. Med shot, Palestinian ambassador
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs:
“In the absence of progress towards an agreement that will resolve all final status issues based on the 1967 lines, the United Nations continues to focus its efforts on establishing an environment conducive to the return to the negotiations. Recent regional events have once again brought to fore the crucial necessity of dialogue and diplomacy in the region.”
7. Wide shot, Security Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“One in every two Palestinians, some 2.4 million people, need humanitarian aid in 2020 due to a protection crisis stemming from occupation, the blockade on Gaza, recurrent cycles of violence, and over a decade of Hamas control which has fuelled the internal Palestinian political divide.”
9. Med shot, ambassadors
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations:
“For, absent accountability, it is clear that Israel will persist with its crimes, causing more human suffering and irreversibly dismantling the two-State solution and compounding the conflict with grave consequences. This worst-case scenario must be averted, and all must uphold their duties and pledges to seek peace, security and justice.”
11. Med shot, Israeli ambassador
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations:
“The urgency of stopping Israeli annexation schemes cannot be underestimated; immediate action is needed before it is too late. Prevention, prevention, prevention. We need to stop them from annexation before it takes place. It is our collective responsibility to do so. Any talk of peace plans, which might be coming soon, should be about actualizing Palestinian independence and sovereignty, not advancing Israeli annexation; not advancing Israeli annexation.”
13. Wide shot, Security Council
14. SOUNDBITE (English / Persian) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“I say today to the Iranian people, [Persian] Israel is on your side, Israel is on your side.”
15. Close up, Israeli ambassador hold picture of Nikta Esfandani
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“The Islamic revolution stripped the Iranian people of their rights and turned them into pons in the regime’s plan for regional domination. They are victims of the regime. It must be clear, the campaign against Iran’s nuclear aspirations, its ballistic missile programme, and its regional agenda is a campaign against the Iranian regime, not the Iranian people. We must empower the Iranian people. Israel sees the Iranian people as partners for a better, safer, more prosperous future in the Middle East. What the Iranian people are telling us now is that they see us as partners as well.”

STORYLINE:

UN political chief Rosemary DiCarlo told the Security Council that heightened tensions in the Middle East threaten to destabilize an already volatile political and security environment adding that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not immune to these tensions.

Addressing the Council today (21 Jan), DiCarlo said the Secretary-General has been clear in calling on all leaders to exercise maximum restraint and has emphasized that the world cannot afford another conflict. She said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not immune to tensions in the region but noted that the effects of its persistence are felt far beyond Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

DiCarlo said the UN has continued its engagement with all Palestinian factions on the holding of long-overdue presidential and legislative elections and expressed the Secretary-General’s hope that the Palestinian elections will be scheduled. She reiterated that all settlements are illegal under international law, noting that the annexation of some or all of Area C would deal a devastating blow to the potential of reviving negotiations and advancing peace.

DiCarlo emphasized the continued urgency of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of United Nations resolutions. She stressed the crucial necessity of dialogue and diplomacy in the region.

SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs:
“In the absence of progress towards an agreement that will resolve all final status issues based on the 1967 lines, the United Nations continues to focus its efforts on establishing an environment conducive to the return to the negotiations. Recent regional events have once again brought to fore the crucial necessity of dialogue and diplomacy in the region.”

UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller said, “one in every two Palestinians, some 2.4 million people, need humanitarian aid in 2020 due to a protection crisis stemming from occupation, the blockade on Gaza, recurrent cycles of violence, and over a decade of Hamas control which has fuelled the internal Palestinian political divide.”

She said since the start of the Great March of Return demonstrations in Gaza, over 210 Palestinians have been killed, including 46 children, and over 8,000 were shot with live ammunition. She expressed concern over Israel’s excessive use of force during the demonstrations and the instrumentalization of Palestinian children by Hamas.

Mueller, who had just ended a six day visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, said amid decline in external aid, high unemployment and economic recession, vulnerable people in Gaza are trapped in a cycle of deepening poverty and insecurity.

Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour said Israeli annexation threats of the West Bank grew louder in 2019. He said it was clear that Israeli officials believe they have secured United States support for such an illegal scheme - notably after the December 2017 decision on Jerusalem and November 2019 announcement on settlements - and have no regard for international law.

SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the United Nations:
“For, absent accountability, it is clear that Israel will persist with its crimes, causing more human suffering and irreversibly dismantling the two-State solution and compounding the conflict with grave consequences. This worst-case scenario must be averted, and all must uphold their duties and pledges to seek peace, security and justice.”

Mansour said the urgency of stopping “Israeli annexation schemes cannot be underestimated; immediate action is needed before it is too late.” He stressed that any talk of peace plans, “which might be coming soon, should be about actualizing Palestinian independence and sovereignty, not advancing Israeli annexation.”

Israeli ambassador Danny Danon addressed the protests in Iran and said that the Iranian people were ruled by a regime that remains the biggest threat to peace and security in the region. He said people in Iran were protesting because they were tired of the Government neglecting the economy while spending billions on its proxies in the region.

SOUNDBITE (English / Persian) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“I say today to the Iranian people, [Persian] Israel is on your side, Israel is on your side.”

The Israeli ambassador said Iran suffers from serious infrastructure problems, a weak banking sector, and widespread corruption. He said by March, some 57 million Iranian will be below the absolute poverty line.

SOUNDBITE (English) Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“The Islamic revolution stripped the Iranian people of their rights and turned them into pawns in the regime’s plan for regional domination. They are victims of the regime. It must be clear, the campaign against Iran’s nuclear aspirations, its ballistic missile programme, and its regional agenda is a campaign against the Iranian regime, not the Iranian people. We must empower the Iranian people. Israel sees the Iranian people as partners for a better, safer, more prosperous future in the Middle East. What the Iranian people are telling us now is that they see us as partners as well.”

Danon called on the international community to support the Iranian people and not to allow their voices to be silenced. He stressed the need to apply further pressure on the Iranian Government through sanctions and embargoes.
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