New York, 21 September 2010 - Secretary-General's message to Ad Hoc Liaison Committee Meeting [Delivered by Mr. B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs]I am pleased to extend a warm welcome to Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, [Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon], Quartet Representative Tony Blair and all the distinguished representatives attending this meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee. I thank Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre for the key role that Norway continues to play in convening and chairing this important forum.
When President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu launched direct negotiations earlier this month, they set their governments and peoples, and all of us as their partners, on a clear course. They are seeking a peace agreement before this time next year – one that resolves all the core issues between Israelis and Palestinians. This is a daunting task, but one for which they have the full support of the international community.
The leaders have embarked on this course on firmer foundations than in the past. Thanks to the progress achieved by the Palestinian Authority in recent years, the basis for a Palestinian State is being finalized – a state that would be a source of pride for its citizens, hope for the region, and security for both peoples. I commend Prime Minister Fayyad and his government for the scale of their achievements and their determination to do more. I also acknowledge the important steps of enablement that Israel has taken to support these efforts.
The cooperation we have seen to date must be taken to a new level of intensity, speed, scope and ambition. Israel and the Palestinian Authority must work as partners in this endeavour. As the Palestinian Authority rolls out the basis for statehood, Israel must further roll back its own measures of occupation. Ordinary people need to see and feel the impact of cooperation, if they are to begin to believe in the possibility of peace.
For their part, donors, who have sustained their generosity to the Palestinian Authority over an extended period, must continue to help it to address its mounting liquidity crisis. The UN will continue to align our work behind the priorities Prime Minister Fayyad's government has so clearly laid out. The Quartet will give this strong political support, and I thank Quartet Representative Tony Blair for his continued focus on pushing positive changes on the ground.
Statements on 21 September 2010
- New York, 21 September 2010 - Secretary-General's remarks to MDG Summit High-Level Event "Towards Universal Energy Access"
- New York, 21 September 2010 - Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Panel on the Referenda in the Sudan
- New York, 21 September 2010 - Secretary-General's remarks at event for Champions for Global Health
- New York, 21 September 2010 - Secretary-General's video message for "Ring the Bell" Campaign
- New York, 21 September 2010 - Secretary-General's remarks to MDG Summit event: "1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future: Partnering to Reduce Child Under-Nutrition"
- New York, 21 September 2010 - Secretary-General's remarks at MDG Summit Side Event on the Least Developed Countries [as prepared for delivery]
- New York, 21 September 2010 - Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Peace