Building on a “trajectory of unity” that had begun with the Security Council’s recent adoption of two important Middle East resolutions, Olof Skoog (Sweden), Council President for January, said the 15-member body would focus on issues ranging from Colombia to the Lake Chad Basin, hold a ministerial-level open debate on the maintenance of international peace and security and work to make its overall methods more results-oriented.
“We have to make the best of the momentum that exists now,” he said, referring to the adoption of resolution 2334 (2016) condemning Israeli settlements on 23 December...
On 17 January, the Council would hold an open debate on the Middle East, he said, noting that France was organizing a conference on the issue on 15 January. He hoped that the meeting, along with the Council’s recent adoption of resolution 2334 (2016) would trigger action towards a two-State solution.
Mr. Skoog then responded to a number of questions from correspondents. To a question on how the Council would follow up to the Paris Middle East conference, he said while it might be possible for the body to “add value” with an outcome of some sort, it was too early to tell.
To a question on whether the Council would pursue another resolution on Israeli settlements, he said the next step in the Middle East peace process was the Paris conference, whose outcome would direct the Council’s quarterly discussion.
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