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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today at UN headquarters to inform him of his intention to submit an application for membership in the United Nations this Friday. UNTV / ARCHIVE

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DATELINE: 19 SEPTEMBER 2011, UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK / RECENT

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RECENT - UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarters

19 SEPTEMBER 2011, UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK

2. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas
3. Med shot, Secretary-General seated with UN delegation
4. Zoom out, President Abbas seated with Palestinian delegation

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5. Wide shot, refugee camp
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Area Officer, United Nations Works and Relief Organization for Palestinian Refugees:
“I don’t think anybody would be pleased from the situation we are living in. How would you feel yourself as a refugee twice in your life in 20 years? (Question: Not good?) That’s how I’m feeling.”
7. Various shots, Palestinian refugees
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Palestinian Refugee:
“They are always asking me father, father stop this war, stop these bombs as if I can stop this war. This is his own feelings but you can’t imagine the feelings of a father when he finds his children afraid of war.”
9. Pan right, refugee camps
10. Med shot, UN peacekeepers marching by
11. Various shots, Palestinian refugees receiving aid
12. SOUNDBITE (English) U Thant, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In my view the failure of the United Nations over these years to come to grips with the deep seated and angrily festering problems in the Middle East as to be considered as a major contributing factor to the war of last June although naturally primary responsibility inescapably rests with the parties involved. I’m bound to express my fear that if again no effort is exerted and no progress is made towards moving the root causes of the conflict within a few years at the most, there will be ineluctably a new eruption of war.”
13. Various shots, Palestinian refugees

STORYLINE:

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today (19 Sept) to inform him of his intention to submit an application for membership in the world-body this Friday.

In response, Ban informed Abbas of his intention to perform his duties under the UN Charter which states that admittance as a Member State of the UN requires first a positive recommendation by the Security Council followed by a decision based on two-third’s majority vote in the General Assembly. It is, however, the Secretary-General’s role to transmit the membership application to the Security Council.

According to media reports, the Palestinian Authority is seeking statehood recognition based on pre-1967 borders which includes the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

At the meeting, Ban also reiterated his support for the two-state solution and stressed his desire to ensure that the international community and the two parties can find a way forward for resuming peace negotiations.

The UN has been involved in the Middle East peace process since the Quartet was established in 1991 as a result of the escalating conflict in the region. Together with the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia and the European Union, as a Quarter member, the UN aims to achieve a just and lasting peace that will end the conflict and the occupation that began in 1967.

On the humanitarian front, the UN, through its agencies including the Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), has maintained a strong presence in the occupied Palestinian territories and in refugee camps in neighbouring countries since 1950.

Since its creation, UNRWA has been working with Palestinian refugees in the Gaza, West Bank, the Gaza, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon providing them with the basics such as housing, food, healthcare and education.

In the aftermath of the Six-Day War in June 1967, it had to deal with a growing refugee population, some of them displaced twice in 20 years following the 1948 and 1967 wars.

SOUNDBITE (English) Area Officer, United Nations Works and Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees:
“I don’t think anybody would be pleased from the situation we are living in. How would you feel yourself as a refugee twice in your life in 20 years? (Question: Not good?) That’s how I’m feeling.”

According to the UN, by June 1967 the refugee population had grown to over a million – twice as many refugees as in 1948.

SOUNDBITE (English) Palestinian Refugee:
“They are always asking me father, father stop this war, stop these bombs as if I can stop this war. This is his own feelings but you can’t imagine the feelings of a father when he finds his children afraid of war.”

Then UN Secretary-General U Thant's second term of office (1966-1971) was dominated by escalating Middle East crisis which he referred to as “the deep seated and angrily festering problems.”

SOUNDBITE (English) U Thant, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In my view the failure of the United Nations over these years to come to grips with the deep seated and angrily festering problems in the Middle East as to be considered as a major contributing factor to the war of last June although naturally primary responsibility inescapably rests with the parties involved. I’m bound to express my fear that if again no effort is exerted and no progress is made towards moving the root causes of the conflict within a few years at the most, there will be ineluctably a new eruption of war.”

More than 40 years later, Israeli-Palestinian peace talks still remain stalled. The current impasse follows Israel’s refusal last September to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. That decision prompted Palestinian Authority President Abbas to withdraw from direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus.
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