Press Statement on Middle East

Press Statement from Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN, Mona Juul, on the situation in Israel and Palestine.

Norway is extremely concerned about the escalating violence and condemns all attacks against civilians. In particular, we urge the parties to protect children, who continue to be a target of violence.

Norway, together with Tunisia and China, called for closed consultations in the Security Council on 12 May, following the meeting on 10 May. UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, gave a briefing. Norway supports the ongoing efforts by the UN to contribute to de-escalate the situation.

Norway repeats its call for an immediate cessation of all acts of violence, provocation, incitement and destruction in Gaza and East Jerusalem. We urge the parties to respect international law, including International Humanitarian Law and the protection of civilians.

We fear that the tense situation will spread to other areas, and urge all actors to do their outmost to stop this negative spiral before more civilian lives are lost and to avoid a full-scale crisis. Civilians and children are and must be protected under International Law. We are also concerned that the current escalation in the region will worsen an already poor humanitarian situation, especially in Gaza.

Norway will remain engaged on this matter in the Security Council. The need for a durable and sustainable political solution to the conflict is obvious. Norway reiterates its support for a negotiated two-State solution in accordance with relevant UN resolutions and international law.