24 March 2015 - UNSC noted with concern the general deterioration of security in the Golan Heights [fr]
Remarks to the press by Mr François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, as President of the Security Council - 24 March 2015 – UNDOF/Yemen/Israel-Palestine
Les membres du Conseil de sécurité viennent d’écouter une présentation de Dmitry Titov sur la situation sur le Golan et les activités de la FNUOD.
Nous avons constaté avec préoccupation la multiplication des violations de l’accord de désengagement de 1974 et la dégradation générale de la sécurité dans la zone d’opérations.
Nous avons réaffirmé notre attachement à la préservation de cet accord de 1974 et notre plein soutien unanime au rôle et à l’action de la FNUOD.
Comme vous le savez, la FNUOD s’est temporairement retirée depuis septembre de certaines positions en raison d’un environnement sécuritaire trop dangereux. A ce jour, cette évaluation demeure inchangée et nous continuerons à veiller à la sécurité des casques bleus déployés. Mais nous continuerons toutefois de réévaluer régulièrement cette situation dans le but de permettre le redéploiement de la FNUOD sur toutes ses positions, et cela demeure bien notre objectif.
The members of the Security Council heard a briefing from Dmitry Titov on the situation in the Golan Heights and UNDOF’s activities.
We noted with concern the increasing violations of the 1974 disengagement agreement and the general deterioration of security in this area of operations.
We reaffirmed our commitment to the preservation of this 1974 agreement and our full and unanimous support for the role of UNDOF.
As you know, the UNDOF has since September temporarily withdrawn from certain positions because of a dangerous security environment. To this date, this assessment remains unchanged and we will continue to ensure the safety of the deployed peacekeepers. But we will continue to regularly review the situation in order to allow the redeployment of UNDOF on all its positions which remains of course our goal.
Q: Pointing on another topic on your international capacity, back in December and November, France was having discussions about an Israel/Palestine resolution framework. And now the election is over and there is work to build a coalition government. Are you planning to come back and push forward that resolution or something like it or any other product on the Middle East?
You remember what we did at the end of last year. To make a long story short, we don’t give up on this, and we won’t give up on this. We consider that it is important to recreate, to consolidate the momentum and the objective of a two-state solution. We consider that the UN Security Council is the best venue, if not the only venue to do this, and to do this in a consensual way, that is really our method here to try to work with all our partners in a consensual way to have these parameter resolution. Now the question is when is the best time to do that. It is a bit early to say. But again my message is that we consider this consensual parameter resolution as one of our key objectives to restart the negotiation process, and we will not give up on that.
Q: What is the latest on Yemen in the Security Council, especially that President Hadi is asking the Gulf countries to support him militarily? Are you discussing this in the Council, is there any action on that?
As you know on Yemen we had intense activities and consultations at the Security Council over the last month. We continue working hard on what is one of our key priorities.
Q: To follow up on Colum’s question, have you had any consultations with the Americans and the other P5 members on a possible resolution regarding the Palestinian/Israeli conflict?
And on the Golan Heights, have you discussed ways to limit the movement of the armed opposition groups in the Golan Heights in order to move back the UNDOF towards its post?
On the first point, it is a bit of a diplomatic answer here but we are in constant contact with each and every of our partners on every issue, the Israeli/Palestinian process being one of them of course. So we are in constant contact with our partners and friends here at the Security Council, but not only at the Security Council.
About the Golan Heights, as I told you, our key objective remains to allow the redeployment of UNDOF on all its positions. In other words, the withdrawal that was decided has been decided on a temporary basis. But we will constantly reassess, review, the situation in order to allow UNDOF to redeploy on all its positions. There is no doubt about the fact that it remains our key goal.