Israel/Palestine: the oldest conflict in the Middle East.
Middle East Peace Process - Remarks to the press by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - Remarks in national capacity - 18 October 2017
"We must bear in mind that at any moment incidents can escalate and bring the situation out of control, with the risk of destabilizing the whole region.", F. Delattre, 18 October 2017
The debate that we are about to have today is about the oldest conflict in the Middle East. There are of course other regional crisis that are very important but today is really about the peace process between Israel and Palestine. We must bear in mind that at any moment incidents can escalate and bring the situation out of control, with the risk of destabilizing the whole region. The cycle of violence in Jerusalem in Palestinian Territories over the summer reminds us that the situation is very volatile. And the continuing risk of violence cannot be ignored.
Actually, today we are increasingly worried by the recent announcements on new settlements. More than 12,000 housing units approved in 2017, a 3 times increase compared to 2016. Yesterday, another 1,300 units approved in the West Bank. France condemns those announcements : they are illegal in international law and dangerous because they are undermining on the ground and politically the two-State solution, that we are more than ever attached to.
France is friend to the Israelis and the Palestinians and this is why we speak frankly to both. We can’t, and won’t, accept the status quo.
Q: A question about Iraq and the recent developments in Kirkuk, can you tell us what is the position of the Security Council with all this measures and military developments?
Consultations are going on within the Security Council, on a possible press statement about the situation there.
Q: Do you think it will be out today?
I hope so because I think it’s past time.