Source: United Nations (Video News)
Informal comments to the media by Tor Wennesland, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.
Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Wennesland said there is broad consensus in the Council that to off-ramp an eminent conflict, there needs to be a push back on activities in and around Jerusalem and the West Bank, some degree of consolidation for the stability of the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA, as well as a continuation of the reconstruction work in Gaza.
He said, “A situation whereby salaries cannot be paid by UNRWA or the PA is a conflict driver in itself. If it comes in parallel with increased settler activity, announcement of settlements and all sorts of other violence up ticking at the West Bank we have a very toxic situation.”