Explanation of Vote for EX/5.4, Follow-up relating to the Ascent to the Mughrabi Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem

We take the floor to explain our vote and express our disappointment that the parties and this Executive Board could not find meaningful consensus on this item.

Without the consensus of all parties involved, this resolution distracts from the positive work of the Organization, and harms efforts to promote a positive atmosphere for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

The United States strongly encourages the parties and the members of the Executive Board to join us and work together to preserve UNESCO’s effectiveness on these important issues in future sessions.

Thank you.