Security Council Briefing, Electoral Issues, Anniversary of Terrorist Incident in Hebron – 26 Feb. 2021 Daily Press Briefing – (Excerpts)

26 FEBRUARY 2021

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.


Middle East

You will have seen in the Security Council this morning, Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefed the Security Council on the electoral processes under way among the Israelis and Palestinians.

He said that the UN will continue to work collectively to support the Palestinian people, including through facilitating and supporting preparations towards their important elections coming up.  Elections will also help to clear the path towards restoring a legitimate political horizon to realize a two-State solution.

Mr. Wennesland warned the Council that the COVID-19 crisis remains a persistent health threat that has triggered a massive economic fallout.  Meanwhile, unilateral steps on the ground are eroding the prospect of establishing a viable and contiguous Palestinian state, moving the parties further from constructive dialogue and compromise.  The United Nations is continuing its engagement to meet these challenges.


Questions and Answers


Thank you.  Would the UN be helpful in pressuring Israel to allow Palestinians living in East Jerusalem to participate in the forthcoming elections?

Spokesman:  I’m not aware of our involvement in that, but I can find out.


Question:  Thank you.  My last question, today, Stéphane, is the twenty-seventh anniversary of the massacre committed by an Israeli terrorist, entered the Palestinian Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, gunning down, in the morning prayer, 29 Palestinians and wounding 150.  And his tomb now became a shrine in Israel.  Do you have any statement on this sad occasion?

Spokesman:  I mean, we would refer and reiterate the condemnations that we issued at the time, and as always, of course, our thoughts are with the victims of this crime.

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