Thanks, Mr President, and my thanks additionally to the Particular Coordinator, Commissioner-Common and Professor Khalidi for his or her briefings at this time.
The UK joins others in strongly welcoming the ceasefire. We reiterate our due to the United Nations, Egypt, Qatar and different regional actors for his or her mediation.
My Prime Minister has conveyed my nation’s deepest condolences to the households of the civilians killed, significantly those that misplaced youngsters. The Israeli-Palestinian battle, and the cycle of violence, has taken too many lives.
We now have to be centered on making certain the ceasefire is sturdy. My Overseas Secretary travelled to the area yesterday, and met Israeli and Palestinian leaders. As he made clear, the latest escalation underlines the pressing have to make progress in the direction of a extra optimistic future and to handle the drivers of battle.
Mr President, the UK has been clear that violence in opposition to peaceable worshippers on the Al Aqsa Mosque was unacceptable. Sustaining the historic Standing Quo and the security and sanctity of the holy websites is essential. We help the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’s necessary function as custodian.
We’ve all been deeply disturbed by scenes of violence in Sheikh Jarrah. The UK has been clear that settlement exercise is unlawful below worldwide regulation and damages prospects for peace. The Authorities of Israel should finish its settlement growth, demolitions and evictions, in East Jerusalem and elsewhere on the West Financial institution.
Occasions on the holy websites and in Sheikh Jarrah don’t justify the indiscriminate rocket assaults on Israel by Hamas and different militant teams. We condemn these assaults in absolute phrases. We proceed to name on these teams to completely finish their incitement and rocket hearth in opposition to Israel. We’ve been clear that Israel has a reputable proper to self-defence in responding to assaults. In exercising that proper, it’s important that each one actions are in step with Worldwide Humanitarian Regulation, and make each effort to keep away from civilian casualties.
We’re gravely involved in regards to the humanitarian scenario in Gaza, together with injury and destruction of key civilian infrastructure. Fast and unhindered entry into Gaza for humanitarian actors and important provides stays vital. We urge the continued opening of all crossings out and in of Gaza, together with for life-saving medical therapy.
The UK has supplied an preliminary $4.5 million of assist to UNRWA’s emergency flash attraction, to assist tackle speedy humanitarian wants. We commend UNRWA for its continued efforts and its help to Gazans displaced through the battle.
Financial progress within the Occupied Palestinian Territories stays important to offer hope to the Palestinian folks. For too lengthy it has been stifled. We name on the Palestinian Authority and Israel to renew dialogue on financial points, to re-convene the Joint Financial Committee, and to handle the monetary and COVID crises collectively.
We applaud the efforts of all who’ve engaged the events for the reason that ceasefire to attempt to discover a political means ahead. We welcome requires equality of security, safety, freedom, peace and dignity for Palestinians and Israelis.
To conclude, Mr President, a longer-term political horizon is crucial. Current occasions should galvanise us all in our dedication to realize a two-state resolution that ensures a secure and safe Israel, dwelling alongside a Palestinian state, based mostly on 1967 strains, with Jerusalem the shared capital of each states – the one resolution that we imagine can finish the cycle of violence and ship a simply and sustainable peace.
Thanks, Mr President.