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UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry said his office has brokered a trilateral agreement between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations to enable the reconstruction in Gaza strip, involving the private sector in Gaza and giving a lead role to the Palestinian Authority. UNIFEED-UNTV
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STORY: UN / MIDDLE EAST
TRT: 2:24
SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 SEPTEMBER 2014, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

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2. Wide shot, Robert Serry walking to the stakeout position

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3. Close up, camera

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Serry, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process:
“I was happy to announce to the Council that United Nations has reached agreements with the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and with the Israeli government on a new temporary reconstruction mechanism which if implemented in good faith by all these three parties should enable us to start as soon as possible the so much needed recovery and reconstruction in Gaza for which of course we will need lots of construction materials.”

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5. Close up, notepad

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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Serry, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process:
“I get a lot of questions now about this new mechanism. This mechanism can only also work if some of the other underlined issues are also really addressed. As I said to the Council, I am also concerned about what is a continuing non government situation in Gaza, where we had previous governments –Hamas government- standing down and the new government which is now nominally responsible for Gaza but it’s not able yet to really assume its rightful responsibilities there. That’s another important issue that needs to be addressed, including also the issue of the non payment of the former employees, you know that.”
7. Wide shot, Security Council
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Serry, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process:
“I sense a realization in my dealings with the parties that a renewed conflict would be a disaster. This means that we must change fundamentally the dynamics in Gaza. If we do not, Gaza could implode –or, yet again, explode- possibly with a new and even more devastating round of violence.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Serry, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process:
“When I warn that Gaza could implode, or explode again, or the two State paradigm could slip irreversibly away, I do not believe I am crying wolf. This Council should not under-estimate the dangers. I hope the Council will have the occasion to make its own position clear. This would be a welcome step of confidence, commitment and hope at a time when the parties and the world desperately need it.”
11. Zoom out, Security Council

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UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry said his office has brokered a trilateral agreement between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations to enable the reconstruction in Gaza strip, involving the private sector in Gaza and giving a lead role to the Palestinian Authority.

Speaking today (16 Sept) to reporters outside the Security Council, he said “if implemented in good faith by all these three parties should enable us to start as soon as possible the so much needed recovery and reconstruction in Gaza for which of course we will need lots of construction materials.”

Serry noted the agreement involves the private sector in Gaza and also gives a lead role to the Palestinian Authority in the reconstruction effort, while providing security assurances through UN monitoring that the construction materials will not be diverted from their entirely civilian purpose.

He underlined “this mechanism can only also work if some of the other underlined issues are also really addressed. As I said to the Council, I am also concerned about what is a continuing non government situation in Gaza, where we had previous governments –Hamas government- standing down and the new government which is now nominally responsible for Gaza but it’s not able yet to really assume its rightful responsibilities there. That’s another important issue that needs to be addressed, including also the issue of the non payment of the former employees, you know that.”

He also confirmed that the UN stands ready to provide increased technical assistance to the Government of National Consensus in Gaza.

Serry also said “I get a lot of questions now about this new mechanism. This mechanism can only also work if some of the other underlined issues are also really addressed.”

He added “I am also concerned about what is a continuing non government situation in Gaza, where we had previous governments –Hamas government- standing down and the new government which is now nominally responsible for Gaza but it’s not able yet to really assume its rightful responsibilities there. That’s another important issue that needs to be addressed, including also the issue of the non payment of the former employees.”

Earlier today, the Special Coordinator told members of the Security Council “I sense a realization in my dealings with the parties that a renewed conflict would be a disaster. This means that we must change fundamentally the dynamics in Gaza. If we do not, Gaza could implode –or, yet again, explode- possibly with a new and even more devastating round of violence.”

Serry noted that it would not be easy to revive a political process, but warned that fresh thinking is urgently needed to break out of current dynamics and preserve the possibility of two States.

In closing, he stressed “when I warn that Gaza could implode, or explode again, or the two State paradigm could slip irreversibly away, I do not believe I am crying wolf. This Council should not under-estimate the dangers. I hope the Council will have the occasion to make its own position clear. This would be a welcome step of confidence, commitment and hope at a time when the parties and the world desperately need it.”

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