Middle East : France welcomes the resumption of high-level contacts between Israel and the Palestinian Authority [fr]

OPEN DEBATE MIDDLE EAST

STATEMENT BY MR. NICOLAS DE RIVIERE
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF FRANCE TO THE UNITED NATIONS

TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL

(Translation from French)

New York, 19 October 2021

Mr. President,

I would like to thank Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland as well as Mr. Levy and Ms. Ashrawi for their briefings.

France welcomes the renewed unity of the Security Council in support of the two-state solution. This is the only solution that meets the legitimate aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace and security, while respecting the rights of all. That is why this Council has endorsed the parameters of this solution in several resolutions, including resolution 2334.

Our responsibility today is to work to preserve this perspective. It is a matter of preserving the possibility of making peace and ensuring lasting stability in the entire region.

France calls on the parties to refrain from any unilateral measures. It urges Israel to reverse its plans for settlement expansion, particularly in sensitive areas such as E1 and Givat Ha Matos. They directly undermine the viability and contiguity of a future Palestinian state. They threaten the two-state solution on the ground, in addition to being contrary to international law.

France reiterates its concern about the record increase in violence and demolitions, as well as about the ongoing eviction procedures in Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah. Our expectations in this regard are well known.

All parties must unambiguously reaffirm their commitment to respect the status quo at the Holy Places in Jerusalem. Any questioning of this status quo could lead to escalation and a renewed conflagration in the region.

Mr. President,

France welcomes the resumption of high-level contacts between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. These contacts open the way to a new dynamic. Expanded cooperation in all areas is in the interest of all, first and foremost the populations.

More must be done to preserve the ceasefire in Gaza. I welcome Egypt’s action. After Israel’s welcomed easing of some restrictions on Gaza, it is essential that goods needed for reconstruction and humanitarian personnel are allowed in.

International law must be respected. Additional measures to support economic recovery will be needed. We will condemn any attack on Israeli territory.

Further economic cooperation is needed to stabilize the situation in the West Bank.

We hope that the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee ministerial meeting in November will be an opportunity to make progress, including on the fiscal front.

My final point concerns respect for the rule of law and the strengthening of Palestinian democratic institutions. Our expectations of the Palestinian Authority with regard to respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are well known. In particular, it must shed full light on the assassination of Nizar Banat.

Finally, France is determined to support all initiatives that will contribute to restoring the thread of dialogue. It is actively working on this alongside its German, Egyptian and Jordanian partners. I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our support for the work of Special Coordinator Tor Wennesland. France will also play its part in the conference in support of UNRWA in November. The work of the agency is essential to the stability of the region and to meet the needs of Palestinian refugees.

Thank you.

Dernière modification : 31/12/2021

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