UN / GAZA PALESTINIAN QUESTION

08-Dec-2023 00:07:30
UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council that he invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter because we are “at a breaking point,” warning that there is a high risk of the total collapse of the humanitarian support system in Gaza, which would have devastating consequences. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GAZA PALESTINIAN QUESTION
TRT: 7:30
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 08 DECEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
SHOTLIST
FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

08 DECEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“There is clearly, in my view, a serious risk of aggravating existing threats to the maintenance of international peace and security.”
4. Various shots, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The threat to the safety and security of United Nations staff in Gaza is unprecedented. More than 130 of my colleagues have already been killed, many with their families. This is the largest single loss of life in the history of our Organization. Some of our staff take their children to work so they know they will live or die together.”
6. Various shots, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I deeply regret to inform the Council that under current conditions on the ground, the fulfilment of this mandate has become impossible. The conditions for the effective delivery of humanitarian aid no longer exist.”
8. Various shots, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I call for their immediate and unconditional release, as well as their humane treatment and visits from the International Committee of the Red Cross until they are freed.”
10. Various shots, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“International humanitarian law cannot be applied selectively. It is binding on all parties equally at all times, and the obligation to observe it does not depend on reciprocity.”
12. Various shots, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I urge the Council to spare no effort to push for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, for the protection of civilians, and for the urgent delivery of lifesaving aid.”
14. Various shots, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“While we deal with the current crisis, we cannot lose sight of the only viable possibility for a peaceful future: a two-State solution, on the basis of United Nations resolutions and international law, with Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace and security. This is vital for Israelis, Palestinians, and for international peace and security. The eyes of the world – and the eyes of history – are watching. It’s time to act.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Palestine:
“If you are against the destruction and displacement of the Palestinian people, you have to be in favor of an immediate ceasefire. When you refuse to call for a ceasefire, you are refusing to call for the only thing that can put an end to war crimes - crimes against humanity and genocide.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Palestine:
“The law should be upheld for everyone and against anyone. The same law that protects all civilians life. There is no hierarchy of races or faith or nationalities. No one should take example from the horrors of the Second World War to justify horrors today against the Palestinian people.”
20. Wide shot, Security Council
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Palestine:
“Save lives. Save lives. Save our lives and their lives. Heed that call by billions around the world, by an overwhelming majority of States from across the globe. Let the most noble human instincts carry us - the instinct to proceed to preserve life. There is no or more important for this Council than to save civilian lives. 2.3 million Palestinians are fighting for their lives as we speak every single day.”
22. Wide shot, Security Council
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Riyad H. Mansour, Permanent Observer to the United Nations, Palestine:
“We call on you, in the name of humanity, in the name of justice, in the name of peace, to vote for a ceasefire by supporting the resolution presented by the United Arab Emirates, as Arab representative on the Security Council.”
24. Various shots, Security Council
25. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“Despite the immense global impact of other conflicts and far more pressing threats to international peace and security, Israel's defensive war against Hamas designated terrorist organization was the catalyst for activating Article 99. The irony is that regional stability and the security of both Israelis and Gazans can only be achieved once Hamas is eliminated, not one minute before. So the true path to ensure peace is only through supporting Israel's mission. Absolutely not to call for a ceasefire.”
26. Wide shot, Security Council
27. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“A ceasefire means that the suffering of all will carry on, a ceasefire cements Hamas’ control of Gaza. But even more than that, calling for a ceasefire sent a clear message that Hamas is forgiven for their deliberate atrocities and Hamas’ oppression of Gazans is given a green light by the international community.”
28. Wide shot, Security Council
29. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“Why is this draft resolution not directed at Yayha Sinwar and Ismail Haniyeh? Why? Do you not know who was responsible for ending the previous ceasefire and reigniting hostilities?
30. Wide shot, Security Council
31. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilad Erdan, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Israel:
“Israel, Mr. President will continue with her mission - the elimination of Hamas’ terror capabilities and the return of all of the hostages. And we will complete our mission while supporting every humanitarian initiative, every humanitarian initiative to improve the situation for Gazans. Whoever truly seeks peace and security in the region must understand that the only way to achieve this is by destroying Hamas, not by calling for ceasefire, which will only extend the war and suffering of all, there is no other option.”
32. Wide shot, Security Council
33. SOUNDBITE (English) SOUNDBITE (English) Robert A. Wood, Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations:
“While the United States strongly supports a durable peace in which both Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and security, we do not support calls for an immediate ceasefire. This would only plant the seeds for the next war – because Hamas has no desire to see a durable peace, to see a two-state solution.”
34. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council that he invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter because we are “at a breaking point,” warning that there is a high risk of the total collapse of the humanitarian support system in Gaza, which would have devastating consequences.

This follows Wednesday’s urgent letter by Guterres - one of the most powerful tools at his disposal - urging the body to help end carnage in the war-battered enclave through a lasting humanitarian ceasefire.

Speaking to Council Members today (08 Dec), Guterres said that he fears the consequences could be devastating for the security of the entire region, as the world has already seen the spillover in the Occupied West Bank, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

He said, “There is clearly, in my view, a serious risk of aggravating existing threats to the maintenance of international peace and security.

The UN chief highlighted, “The threat to the safety and security of United Nations staff in Gaza is unprecedented.”

More than 130 of UN staff have been killed, many with their families, “this is the largest single loss of life in the history of our Organization,” Guterres reiterated, adding that “some of our staff take their children to work so they know they will live or die together.”

While affirming that the United Nations is totally committed to staying and delivering for the people of Gaza, the Secretary-General said that under current conditions on the ground, the fulfilment of this mandate has become impossible. The conditions for the effective delivery of humanitarian aid no longer exist, he told Council members.

The UN chief said that there is no effective protection of civilians; that Gazans are running out of food; and that Gaza’s health system is collapsing while needs are escalating.

Guterres also noted that Israel began its military operation in response to the brutal terror attacks unleashed by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups on 7 October. He unreservedly condemns those attacks and is appalled by the reports of sexual violence.

He stated that there is no possible justification for deliberately killing some 1,200 people, including 33 children, injuring thousands more, and taking hundreds of hostages. Some 130 hostages are still held captive.

Guterres called for their immediate and unconditional release, as well as their humane treatment and visits from the International Committee of the Red Cross until they are freed.

At the same time, the brutality perpetrated by Hamas can never justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people, the UN chief reiterated.

Guterres also said, “International humanitarian law cannot be applied selectively. It is binding on all parties equally at all times, and the obligation to observe it does not depend on reciprocity,”

He urged the members of the Council to spare no effort to push for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, for the protection of civilians, and for the urgent delivery of lifesaving aid.

“The eyes of the world – and the eyes of history – are watching, It’s time to act,” the Secretary-General concluded.

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad H. Mansour told Council members, “If you are against the destruction and displacement of the Palestinian people, you have to be in favor of an immediate ceasefire.”

“When you refuse to call for a ceasefire, you are refusing to call for the only thing that can put an end to war crimes - crimes against humanity and genocide,” Ambassador Mansour added.

He also emphasized that “the law should be upheld for everyone and against anyone. The same law that protects all civilian’s life.”

Ambassador Mansour reiterated, “There is no hierarchy of races or faith or nationalities. No one should take example from the horrors of the Second World War to justify horrors today against the Palestinian people.”

“Save lives. Save lives. Save our lives and their lives,” the Palestinian Ambassador said.

He asked Council members to “heed that call by billions around the world, by an overwhelming majority of States from across the globe. Let the most noble human instincts carry us - the instinct to proceed to preserve life.”

He reiterated, “There is no or more important for this Council than to save civilian lives. 2.3 million Palestinians are fighting for their lives as we speak every single day.”

The Palestinian Ambassador concluded, “We call on you, in the name of humanity, in the name of justice, in the name of peace, to vote for a ceasefire by supporting the resolution presented by the United Arab Emirates, as Arab representative on the Security Council.”

Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan also spoke at the Council.

He said, “Despite the immense global impact of other conflicts and far more pressing threats to international peace and security, Israel's defensive war against Hamas designated terrorist organization was the catalyst for activating Article 99.”

“The irony is that regional stability and the security of both Israelis and Gazans can only be achieved once Hamas is eliminated, not one minute before,” he added.

Ambassador Erdan reiterated, “the true path to ensure peace is only through supporting Israel's mission. Absolutely not to call for a ceasefire.”

He further explained that “a ceasefire means that the suffering of all will carry on, a ceasefire cements Hamas’ control of Gaza. But even more than that, calling for a ceasefire sent a clear message that Hamas is forgiven for their deliberate atrocities and Hamas’ oppression of Gazans is given a green light by the international community.”

Referring to the draft resolution that was put forward by the United Arab Emirates, Ambassador Erdan asked, “Why is this draft resolution not directed at Yayha Sinwar and Ismail Haniyeh? Why? Do you not know who was responsible for ending the previous ceasefire and reigniting hostilities?"

“Israel, Mr. President will continue with her mission - the elimination of Hamas’ terror capabilities and the return of all of the hostages,” the Israeli Ambassador reiterated.

He added, “we will complete our mission while supporting every humanitarian initiative, every humanitarian initiative to improve the situation for Gazans.”

“Whoever truly seeks peace and security in the region must understand that the only way to achieve this is by destroying Hamas, not by calling for ceasefire, which will only extend the war and suffering of all, there is no other option.” Ambassador Erdan conclude.

US Ambassador Robert A. Wood told the Council that “while the United States strongly supports a durable peace in which both Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and security, we do not support calls for an immediate ceasefire.”

He explained, “this would only plant the seeds for the next war – because Hamas has no desire to see a durable peace, to see a two-state solution.”

The Council is expected to vote in the coming hours on a draft resolution demands an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a penholder of the draft resolution.
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