Members of the Security Council,On the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, allow me to extend my warmest wishes to Muslims and wish them Ramadan Kareem.
This briefing unfortunately follows on the heels of the despicable terrorist attacks in Minya andin Manchester. I offer my deep condolences to the families of the victims and to the Egyptian and British Governments and people. There is no justification for terror.
“I am following with great concern the ongoing hunger strike by Palestinian detainees protesting against their conditions in Israeli jails. The strike is now entering its second month and it is imperative that a resolution be found as soon as possible in line with International Humanitarian Law and Israel's human rights obligations.
With growing tensions on the Palestinian street, I hope that current efforts will result in an immediate resolution to the matter, which is in the interest of peace and ongoing initiatives to revive a political process.
Good Afternoon, High Representative Mogherini,
Foreign Minister Brende,
Palestinian Ministers Bishara, Ghneim and Milhem
Minister Tzachi Hanegbi of Israel,
I am grateful to Norway and the EU for convening and chairing this important forum. I join others in welcoming Jason Greenblatt and wish him and all of us success.
Given the limited time, I will restrict my remarks to only the most pressing issues.
UN Report: Lack of Progress in Resolving Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Impedes Palestinian Development; Social, Economic and Political Consequences of Crisis in Gaza should not be Underestimated
Members of the Security Council,
Thank you for this opportunity to again address the Council on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. I took note of the Presidency’s interest this month in discussing a number of issues pertaining to the Middle East and North Africa region. I will therefore highlight some of them in my presentation and defer to my fellow UN envoys who regularly brief the Council for greater detail on many of these challenges.