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Fraudulent speech

We have received a number of questions about a speech that has been circulating on the Internet and is said to be attributed to the Secretary-General.

The bogus speech is dated 12 May 2009 and refers to Israel’s membership in the United Nations.

We would like to make it absolutely and categorically clear that this is not a speech by the Secretary-General and does not represent in any way the views of the Secretary-General.

It should be noted in this regard, that the false attribution of statements to the Secretary-General and UN officials is prohibited, and the misuse of the name and emblem of the United Nations is prohibited by General Assembly resolution 92(I) of 7 December 1946, as well as by international law.