REMARKS TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL
ON THE MAINTENANCE OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY:
COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
New York, 25 June 2018
Members of the Security Council,
I thank the Russian Federation Presidency for convening this debate at a crucial juncture for the people of the Middle East and North Africa.
The region faces profound divisions, troubling currents and a tragic shredding of its diverse religious, ethnic and cultural fabric.
Decades-old conflicts, together with new ones, as well as deep-rooted social grievances, a shrinking of democratic space and the emergence of terrorism and new forms of violent extremism, are undermining peace, sustainable development and human rights.
Today, in a region once home to one of history’s greatest flowerings of culture and coexistence, we see many fault-lines at work, old and new, crossing each other and generating enormous volatility. These include the Israeli-Palestinian wound, resurgent Cold War-like rivalries, the Sunni-Shia divide, ethnic schisms and other political confrontations.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains central to the Middle Eastern quagmire.
Achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting two-state solution that allows Palestinians and Israelis to live side-by-side in peace, within secure and recognized borders, is essential for security and stability in the entire region. The recent tensions and violence in Gaza are a reminder of the fragility of the situation.
International support is critical to create an environment conducive to launching meaningful direct negotiations between the two parties.
I remain deeply committed to supporting efforts towards this end.
Later today, I will preside over a pledging conference to address severe funding gaps facing the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees.
In Gaza, Syria and Yemen, the international community must remain mobilized in order to ensure a strong humanitarian response to millions of people in dire need.
Document Sources: Secretary-General, Security Council
Subject: Middle East situation, Peace process, Peace proposals and efforts
Publication Date: 25/06/2018
URL source: http://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2018-06-25/secretary-generals-remarks-security-council-situation-middle-east