UN / GUTERRES PALESTINIAN PEOPLE RIGHTS

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he is “encouraged” by recent engagement between senior Israeli and Palestinian officials and urged both sides to “expand these contacts to encompass underlying political issues.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 08 FEBRUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Tilt up, UN headquarters exterior

2. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council Chambers
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We urgently need to intensify collective efforts to resolve the conflict and end the occupation in line with United Nations resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements. The goal remains two States – Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, viable and sovereign Palestinian State – living side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders, on the basis of the pre-1967 lines, with Jerusalem as the shared capital of both States. There is no plan B.”
4. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council Chambers
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I am encouraged by recent engagement between senior Israeli and Palestinian officials. I urge both sides to expand these contacts to encompass underlying political issues. Piecemeal approaches to the question of Palestine will only ensure that the underlying issues perpetuating the conflict remain unaddressed. Unilateral steps and illegal actions that drive the conflict must cease. Incitement to violence will lead nowhere and must be also rejected by all.”
6. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council Chambers
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Excellencies, time is running short. We cannot lose sight of the long-sought goal of ending the occupation and realizing a two-State solution. All parties must take concrete steps that will enable a return to the path of meaningful negotiations and, ultimately, a just and lasting peace. The United Nations is committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the conflict. Let us reinforce our shared commitment to this goal.”
8. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council Chambers

STORYLINE:

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he is “encouraged” by recent engagement between senior Israeli and Palestinian officials and urged both sides to “expand these contacts to encompass underlying political issues.”

Speaking today (08 Feb) at the opening 2022 session of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Guterres said the situation in the Occupied Territory continues to pose a significant challenge to international peace and security as the promise of an independent Palestinian state remains unfulfilled.

The UN chief stressed the need to intensify collective efforts to resolve the conflict and end the occupation. He said, “The goal remains two States – Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, viable and sovereign Palestinian State – living side by side in peace within secure and recognized borders, on the basis of the pre-1967 lines, with Jerusalem as the shared capital of both States. There is no plan B.”

Guterres said, “Piecemeal approaches to the question of Palestine will only ensure that the underlying issues perpetuating the conflict remain unaddressed. Unilateral steps and illegal actions that drive the conflict must cease. Incitement to violence will lead nowhere and must be also rejected by all.”

The Secretary-General said continued human rights violations against Palestinians significantly impede their ability to live in security and develop their communities and economy. He said, as the international community works towards reviving the political process, it must support efforts to improve the economic and humanitarian situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Guterres said, “Time is running short. We cannot lose sight of the long-sought goal of ending the occupation and realizing a two-State solution. All parties must take concrete steps that will enable a return to the path of meaningful negotiations and, ultimately, a just and lasting peace. The United Nations is committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the conflict. Let us reinforce our shared commitment to this goal.”
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