UN / PALESTINE

Preview Language:   Original
26-Oct-2020 00:03:28
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said the viability of the Palestinian Authority (PA) is being undermined by an economic and fiscal crisis and appealed to the Palestinian leadership to “resume its coordination with Israel and accept its clearance revenues – money that belongs to the Palestinian people and cannot be replaced by donor funding.” UNIFEED

Available Language: English
Type
Language
Format
Acquire
/
English
Other Formats
Description
STORY: UN / PALESTINE
TRT: 3:28
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

SHOTLIST:

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

26 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The United Nations stands ready to mediate solutions to the fiscal crisis and to get the Palestinian economy on better footing. I reiterate the Secretary-General’s call for both sides to re-examine the nature of their economic relationship and improve it for the benefit of both peoples.
In this context, I appeal to the Palestinian leadership to resume its coordination with Israel and accept its clearance revenues – money that belongs to the Palestinian people and cannot be replaced by donor funding.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

3. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

26 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“While the location of these units is particularly worrying, I reiterate that all settlements are illegal under international law and remain a substantial obstacle to peace. Settlement-related activities should cease as they undermine the prospect of achieving a viable two-State solution in line with UN resolutions, international law and prior agreements.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

5. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

26 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I sincerely hope that new avenues of cooperation to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace will emerge. The normalization agreements between Israel and three Arab States must help create such opportunities. As we have seen in statements from Amman to Cairo - from international partners and the League of Arab States - the commitment to the two-State solution, in line with UN resolutions and international law, continues to be affirmed by broad regional and international consensus.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

7. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

26 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad al-Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Palestine:
"The international community must act to salvage peace, or we will all bear the consequences. As long as Israel does not bear the cost of occupation and instead continues reaping its benefits, it will never negotiate in good faith."


FILE - NEW YORK CITY

9. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

26 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad al-Maliki, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Palestine:
"The international peace conference can generate the necessary momentum and mobilize the international community at large to help the parties negotiate a peace agreement that will forever change our region. Anything else is volatile, and it is futile."

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

11. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

26 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“Many UN Member States are trapped in stale policies and narratives that will always fail to bring peace. President Trump’s bold diplomacy and rejection of failed, conventional attitudes lies at the heart of the successful Abraham Accords. His willingness to approach things differently led to a historic breakthrough – the most significant step toward peace in the Middle East in more than 25 years.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

13. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

26 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“Today, because of American leadership, Israel is closer to its Arab neighbours than ever before; and its Palestinian, direct neighbours should take advantage of this positive momentum. History will judge how this Council responds to this historic moment – it can either shrink from the challenge or rise to the occasion. We encourage members of the Security Council to embrace the opportunities presented by the Abraham Accords and encourage the Council’s support for the Vision for Peace.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

15. Tilt up, UN headquarters exterior

STORYLINE:

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said the viability of the Palestinian Authority (PA) is being undermined by an economic and fiscal crisis and appealed to the Palestinian leadership to “resume its coordination with Israel and accept its clearance revenues – money that belongs to the Palestinian people and cannot be replaced by donor funding.”

Speaking today (26 Oct) at a virtual meeting of the Security Council, Mladenov said the crisis stems primarily from a collapse in domestic tax revenues during the COVID19 emergency and from the Palestinian Government’s refusal to receive its clearance revenues. He said this is being exacerbated by the PA’s decision to end civilian and security coordination with Israel. He stressed that the UN stands ready to “mediate solutions to the fiscal crisis and to get the Palestinian economy on better footing.” He reiterated the Secretary-General’s call for both sides to “re-examine the nature of their economic relationship and improve it for the benefit of both peoples.”

Turning to settlements, Mladenov expressed concern over the advancing of some 5,000 units recently. He underscored that approximately 85 per cent of these units are in settlements in outlying locations, deep inside the West Bank, and all in areas impeding the contiguity of a future Palestinian state. He added, “While the location of these units is particularly worrying, I reiterate that all settlements are illegal under international law and remain a substantial obstacle to peace. Settlement-related activities should cease as they undermine the prospect of achieving a viable two-State solution in line with UN resolutions, international law and prior agreements.”

The Special Coordinator hoped that new avenues of cooperation to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace will emerge. He added, “The normalization agreements between Israel and three Arab States must help create such opportunities. As we have seen in statements from Amman to Cairo - from international partners and the League of Arab States - the commitment to the two-State solution, in line with UN resolutions and international law, continues to be affirmed by broad regional and international consensus.”

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said it was preposterous to suggest that Israeli security justifies decades of its occupation and oppression of an entire nation. He said Israel was not looking to end its illegal occupation, rather it wants to make it permanent, adding that Israeli unilateralism could not be allowed to continue while the world calls for bilateral negotiations.

Al-Maliki said it is no longer enough to call on parties to negotiate and call settlements illegal, rather accountability to international law and previous agreements must be ensured. He said, "The international community must act to salvage peace, or we will all bear the consequences. As long as Israel does not bear the cost of occupation and instead continues reaping its benefits, it will never negotiate in good faith."

The Palestinian Foreign Minister said the international community must address the shortcomings of the past y linking its relationship with the parties with their respect for international law.

He said the international peace conference called for by President Mahmoud Abbas could “generate the necessary momentum and mobilize the international community at large to help the parties negotiate a peace agreement that will forever change our region. Anything else is volatile, and it is futile."

In his first address to the Security Council, Israeli ambassador Gilad Erdan said the Council ignored opportunities to promote peace in the Middle East and asked why the Council was not discussing most important issues facing the region. Due to technical difficulties, Erdan’s statement was available in audio only.

The Israeli ambassador said the recent peace deals with three Arab countries - United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan - are important milestones that will open the doors for more future agreements with Arab and Muslim countries and disprove preconceived notions of peacemaking in the Middle East. He said they represent a new pragmatic approach that is not held hostage by the unrealistic demands of one side.

Erdan thanked Iran for bringing moderates in the region together. He said the Council must unite in a maximum pressure campaign against Iran and prevent it from continuing to develop its nuclear capabilities, obtaining advanced weapons, and violating human rights, which he said was and existential threat for Israel and other Arab countries.

United States ambassador Kelly Craft said, “Many UN Member States are trapped in stale policies and narratives that will always fail to bring peace. President Trump’s bold diplomacy and rejection of failed, conventional attitudes lies at the heart of the successful Abraham Accords. His willingness to approach things differently led to a historic breakthrough – the most significant step toward peace in the Middle East in more than 25 years.”

Craft encouraged our regional partners and the Council members to consider the United States Vision for Peace and to play a constructive role in encouraging direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians on its basis. She also encouraged Palestinian leadership to offer their position by utilizing the Vision and bringing their perspectives to the negotiating table.

The US ambassador said, “Today, because of American leadership, Israel is closer to its Arab neighbours than ever before; and its Palestinian, direct neighbours should take advantage of this positive momentum. History will judge how this Council responds to this historic moment – it can either shrink from the challenge or rise to the occasion. We encourage members of the Security Council to embrace the opportunities presented by the Abraham Accords and encourage the Council’s support for the Vision for Peace.”
Series
Category
Topical Subjects
Geographic Subjects
Corporate Subjects
Creator
UNIFEED
Alternate Title
unifeed201026c
Asset ID
2575837