Preventing Further Conflict in the Middle East: UNSCO Addresses Security Council

Source The United Nations



Media – Briefing by Tor Wennesland, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO), on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.

Wennesland addressed the Council, saying, that the risk of a significant further deterioration of the situation in the occupied West Bank or spillover of the conflict in the region “remains significant.”

He said, “It is critical, that we, as a united international community, employ all our collective efforts to end the bloodletting and prevent any further expansion of hostilities – including in the region.

The stakes are astronomically high and I appeal for all relevant actors to act responsibly. Any miscalculation could have immeasurable consequences.”

The Special Coordinator also said, “The unresolved conflict and continued occupation shape the reality of every Israeli and every Palestinian. For 15 years, the population has been living under militant rule and a strict closure regime, as the Palestinian divide hardened. For a generation, hope has been lost and despair has prevailed for those who see prospects for a more peaceful future pulling still further away. Only a political solution will move us forward.”

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