UNSC discusses Gaza, settlements

NEW YORK, The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) later Tuesday will hold discussions on prominent challenges facing the peace process in the Middle East, such as the blockade imposed on Gaza, the lack of any progress in the reconciliation process, humanitarian situation in addition to continuing violence.

UN Undersecretary General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo expressed concern about the continued Israel settlements building and Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric, in this regard, affirmed the UN consistent position, considering the settlements as illegal.

Meanwhile, the ten newly elected members of the Security Council stressed in previous statements the illegality of settlements, reiterating their concern about the possibility of annexing areas in the West Bank.

The discussions will also tackle the Israeli and Palestinian elections. The Israeli polls are expected to be held on March 2, 2020, as Israeli President Reuven Rivlin announced previously.

While these quarterly discussions represent a broader opportunity for members to discuss relations between Israel and Palestine. Further discussions may be held on other topics, such as Iran’s decision to back down from the 2015 nuclear deal.

In addition, the members may discuss current events in Lebanon, where protests began on October 17 due to several basic reasons, including new taxes and public discontent with the government’s ability to respond to crises such as major forest fires and bank restrictions on withdrawals.

Source: Kuwait News Agency