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UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, briefing the 15-member Council in the wake of the announcement last week by US Secretary of State John Kerry that the basis has been established to resume talks between Israelis and Palestinians, said "we do not underestimate the difficulty of developing a substantial initiative that should provide a credible horizon for achieving a two-state solution at long-last.” UNTV

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DATELINE: 23 JULY 2013, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

23 JULY 2013, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Israeli Ambassador
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert H. Serry, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process:
“This is the moment to translate our collective call for action into a shared sense of urgency in supporting leaders on both sides as they must realize that this is an opening they cannot afford to lose. Progress indeed necessitates serious political commitments if leaders on both sides are to achieve the vision of the two-state solution they have both agreed on. We do not underestimate the difficulty of developing a substantial initiative that should provide a credible horizon for achieving a two-state solution at long-last. But we cannot emphasize enough that this is the moment for concerted action and continued support to the parties. The risks of foregoing the present opportunity should be clear for both sides.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“Respect of the law is an obligation upon all states, including Israel, the occupying power, and no pretext can justify breaches of the law. Such respect is vital for overcoming the obstacles that have constantly caused the peace process to fail and exacerbated conditions on the ground. Such respect is what will ensure that the negotiation to resolve all final status issues, Jerusalem, refugees, settlements, borders, security, prisoners and water, ultimately result in conclusion of the just, lasting peace we have sought for decades.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ron Prosor, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations:
“Israel is committed to the peace process and looks forward to resuming direct negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. Our vision is two states for two peoples, one Arab and one Jewish, living side by side in peace and security. Israel has made peace with Egypt and we have made peace with Jordan. These treaties are evidence that with honest effort and committed leadership, peace is possible. But peace requires leaders who will reject terror and embrace partnerships, leaders who oppose incitement and promote tolerance, leaders who will raise their people up, rather than tear Israel down.”
9. Med shot, Serry and Mansour
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“As Secretary Kerry noted, everyone is aware that this process will not be easy, and no one believes that the long-standing differences between the parties can be resolved overnight or just wiped away. We know that the challenges require some very tough choices in the days ahead. Today, however, we are hopeful because the representatives of two proud people have decided that the difficult road ahead is worth travelling, and that the daunting challenges that we face are worth tackling.”
11. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

A senior United Nations official today briefed the Security Council on the Middle East peace process saying that “this is the moment to translate our collective call for action into a shared sense of urgency in supporting leaders on both sides as they must realize that this is an opening they cannot afford to lose.”

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, briefing the 15-member Council in the wake of the announcement last week by US Secretary of State John Kerry that the basis has been established to resume talks between Israelis and Palestinians, said "we do not underestimate the difficulty of developing a substantial initiative that should provide a credible horizon for achieving a two-state solution at long-last.”

Nevertheless, he added that “this is the moment for concerted action and continued support to the parties” and “the risks of foregoing the present opportunity should be clear for both sides.”

Serry noted that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had welcomed Kerry’s intense diplomatic efforts and noted that very tough choices will be required from both sides in the period ahead.

He also stressed that it was crucial to build on the opening offered by the recent reaffirmation by the Arab League ministerial committee of the Arab Peace Initiative and the prospect of ending the Arab-Israeli conflict and achieving regional peace.

Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, said “respect of the law is an obligation upon all states, including Israel, the occupying power, and no pretext can justify breaches of the law.”

Such respect, he stressed, “is vital for overcoming the obstacles that have constantly caused the peace process to fail and exacerbated conditions on the ground” and “will ensure that the negotiation to resolve all final status issues, Jerusalem, refugees, settlements, borders, security, prisoners and water, ultimately result in conclusion of the just, lasting peace we have sought for decades.”

For his part Ron Prosor of Israel said his country was “committed to the peace process and looks forward to resuming direct negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.”

He reiterated the vision of “two states for two peoples, one Arab and one Jewish, living side by side in peace and security” and noted that Israel has, in the past, made peace with Egypt and with Jordan.

Prosor said “peace requires leaders who will reject terror and embrace partnerships, leaders who oppose incitement and promote tolerance, leaders who will raise their people up, rather than tear Israel down.”

Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo of the United States, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month of July, stressed that the peace process “will not be easy, and no one believes that the long-standing differences between the parties can be resolved overnight or just wiped away.”

She said that “the challenges require some very tough choices in the days ahead” and added that “the difficult road ahead is worth travelling, and that the daunting challenges that we face are worth tackling.”
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