UN / SOLIDARITY PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

27-Nov-2019 00:03:23
In a message on behalf of the Secretary-General, UN Chef de Cabinet Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti said resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains one of the most intractable challenges facing the international community. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SOLIDARITY PALESTINIAN PEOPLE
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DATELINE: 27 NOVEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

27 NOVEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Cheikh Niang, Chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and Permanent Representative of Senegal to the United Nations:
“We must not forget that despite these conflicts and the deep distress among the parties, the unilateral measures that are of no help, and the disrespect of relevant resolutions of the United Nations and international law, our objective remains the same; that is a just and durable solution. One of two states living side by side in peace and security, on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine.”
4. Wide shot, President of the General Assembly addressing meeting
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tijjani Muhammad Bande, President of the United Nations General Assembly:
“In our quest for peace, we must begin on the premise that a peaceful solution to the Israel - Palestine conflict cannot come from unilateral decisions that are contrary to long agreed positions on the matter. It must also be clear that there must be a cessation of all forms of violence, from whatever source, as any loss of human life, be it Palestinian or Israeli, is unacceptable. All legitimate grievances must be solved amicably, with leaders working to prevent violent actions.”
6. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
“The situation in the Middle East remains a central concern of the Security Council, not least the lack of progress in finding a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Security Council remains fully committed to pursuing a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the Middle East in accordance with international law and bearing in mind its relevant resolutions. This should be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties. Council members continue to be concerned about the situation on the ground and call for an immediate end to actions which undermine trust between the parties.”
8. Wide shot, participants in the meeting
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, United Nations:
“The intensification of illegal settlements, demolitions of Palestinian homes and the pervasive suffering in Gaza must stop. The establishment of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation of international law, as stated in Security Council resolution 2334. These actions threaten to undermine the viability of establishing a Palestinian state based on relevant United Nations resolutions.”
10. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“The Palestinian people will not vanish and will not surrender to oppression and injustice as our fate. Our people will continue to pursue their legitimate struggle against this colonial occupation of our land and our people and against the denial of our inalienable rights, including our right to self-determination. We will likewise not abandon the culture of peace and tolerance that is deeply rooted within us, and we will continue fighting terrorism in our region and in the world.”
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In a message on behalf of the Secretary-General, UN Chef de Cabinet Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti said resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains one of the most intractable challenges facing the international community.

Speaking at today’s (27 Nov) ceremony observing the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which formally takes place on Friday, Viotti said over the past year, there have been no positive developments, and the situation on the ground continues to deteriorate.

Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet, United Nations:
“The intensification of illegal settlements, demolitions of Palestinian homes and the pervasive suffering in Gaza must stop. The establishment of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation of international law, as stated in Security Council resolution 2334. These actions threaten to undermine the viability of establishing a Palestinian state based on relevant United Nations resolutions.”

At the same time, Viotti said the indiscriminate launching of rockets and mortars towards Israeli civilian populations must cease.

The Chef de Cabinet, after reading the Secretary-General’s message, added that the two-State solution, the only viable resolution to this conflict, remains as distant as ever. She joined the Secretary-General in stressing for the need for bold action.

Cheikh Niang, Chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, reaffirmed the need to fully implement resolution 181, adopted 72 years ago, which divided Palestine under mandate into two States. He said the Palestinian people have endured 52 years of illegal occupation which has hindered their rights to self-determination, statehood, and independence, with millions of people facing displacement and dispossession.

SOUNDBITE (French) Cheikh Niang, Chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and Permanent Representative of Senegal to the United Nations:
“We must not forget that despite these conflicts and the deep distress among the parties, the unilateral measures that are of no help, and the disrespect of relevant resolutions of the United Nations and international law, our objective remains the same; that is a just and durable solution. One of two states living side by side in peace and security, on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine.”

Niang said the Palestinian people were not only awaiting signs of sympathy and solidarity for their just cause, rather they need genuine partners ready to implement resolutions of the General Assembly and the Security Council.

President of the General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad Bande said the meeting was being held amid a deteriorating political and security situation that continues to destabilize the Middle East, adding that the international community must show good faith in mediating a mutually agreeable outcome for both parties.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tijjani Muhammad Bande, President of the United Nations General Assembly:
“In our quest for peace, we must begin on the premise that a peaceful solution to the Israel - Palestine conflict cannot come from unilateral decisions that are contrary to long agreed positions on the matter. It must also be clear that there must be a cessation of all forms of violence, from whatever source, as any loss of human life, be it Palestinian or Israeli, is unacceptable. All legitimate grievances must be solved amicably, with leaders working to prevent violent actions.”

Speaking in her capacity as the President of the Security Council, British ambassador Karen Pierce said the Council remained ceased of the situation in the Middle East. She said Council members condemn violence and indiscriminate attacks against civilians, both Israeli and Palestinian, and continue to be concerned by the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza. She said the Council calls on all actors to take steps to sustainably improve it.

SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
“The situation in the Middle East remains a central concern of the Security Council, not least the lack of progress in finding a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Security Council remains fully committed to pursuing a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the Middle East in accordance with international law and bearing in mind its relevant resolutions. This should be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties. Council members continue to be concerned about the situation on the ground and call for an immediate end to actions which undermine trust between the parties.”

Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour said for over 70 years, the Palestinian people have endured many tragedies and crises, however they remain undeterred in their struggle to achieve their national aspirations, in accordance with UN resolutions.

Reading a statement on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian ambassador said the United States was violating international law with its recent announcement on settlement activity and was proving that it is unqualified to be an honest broker in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

He said international law is the cornerstone of the multilateral order and it cannot bear double standards and misinterpretations, adding that treating Israel as a state above the law has only encouraged it to continue to act as an outlaw state. Mansour stressed that the time for concrete measures to provide protection to the Palestinian people and to fulfil their right to self-determination, freedom, and independence on the land occupied in 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations:
“The Palestinian people will not vanish and will not surrender to oppression and injustice as our fate. Our people will continue to pursue their legitimate struggle against this colonial occupation of our land and our people and against the denial of our inalienable rights, including our right to self-determination. We will likewise not abandon the culture of peace and tolerance that is deeply rooted within us, and we will continue fighting terrorism in our region and in the world.”

The Palestinian President’s statement reiterated that their hands remain extended for a just peace on the basis of UN resolutions and the two-State solution, adding that despite decades of disappointment and setbacks, Palestinian remain committed to a multilateral order that respects and ensures respect for international law.
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