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Security Council open debate on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question

Published Tuesday July 23 2013

On this day, the Security Council held its quarterly debate on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.

In her address, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas welcomed the commitment and determination of US Secretary of State John Kerry in this matter. The announcement of 19 July 2013 in view of the restarting of negotiations is a significant step forward. It is necessary to work towards the accomplishment of the necessary steps to implement the Two-State solution, on the basis of clear parameters and a credible calendar. The time has come to take the necessary difficult and historical decisions, in conformity with the vision of the long-term interests of the peoples of Palestine and Israel.

Concerning the situation in Syria, Ambassador Lucas denounced the horrors that the Syrian people has to suffer on a daily basis. She asked once again that the situation in Syria be referred to the International Criminal Court by the Security Council. Furthermore, she called upon the Security Council to pay heed to the humanitarian emergency and the need to act. The Council must urgently support the requests made by the humanitarian actors to the conflicting parties in Syria, by addressing issues linked to bureaucratic red tape, to the delivery of medical supplies, to the opening of humanitarian corridors and cross-border access and access through the front lines to the affected populations.

Link to the address by Ambassador Lucas

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