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The Middle East, including the Palestinian Question: Briefing and Consultations

Tomorrow (26 February), Security Council members will hold the monthly meeting on: “The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question”. The format will be a videoconference (VTC) briefing, followed by VTC consultations. Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland is expected to brief. Two youth civil society representatives, one Israeli and one Palestinian, are also expected to brief.

Wennesland is expected to reiterate the UN’s commitment to the Middle East peace process. He may refer to efforts to revitalise the Middle East Quartet, which was established in 2002 as a platform to mediate peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and is comprised of the EU, Russia, the UN, and the US. In the 26 January Security Council meeting on “The Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian Question”, several members called for a reinvigorated Quartet to jumpstart the peace process. Members may be interested in hearing any information Wennesland may have about recent discussions among members of the Quartet about the peace process, including a virtual meeting held on 15 February.

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