20 November 2012

Egypt: Remarks By Ambassador Rice At UN on Middle East




Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, After Consultations of the UN Security Council

Ambassador Rice: The situation is that countries in the region are working energetically through all diplomatic channels to try to negotiate an end to the violence and a de-escalation, and that is the top priority. President Obama has been on the phone with leaders in the region throughout the day. Secretary Clinton has as well. Egypt and others are working very, very hard on this, and we think that it's vitally important that this Council by its action or non-action is reinforcing the prospects for an agreed cessation and not doing anything that could undermine that prospect or run counter to it. That is our principal objective in these discussions, and we will continue to pursue that aim -- fundamentally, getting to an agreed cessation of violence -- but that has got to be agreed between the parties for it to be meaningful or sustainable.

Reporter: Will you oppose a product from the Security Council?

Ambassador Rice: We will all be getting instructions overnight on a draft on the table. But again, we will judge the draft as to whether or not it advances the goal of supporting an agreed cessation.

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