PRESS BRIEFING BY BRENDEN VARMA, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT VOLKAN BOZKIR

PRESIDENT APPALLED BY PEACEKEEPING FATALITIES, PAYS TRIBUTE TO U.N. PERSONNEL

  • This morning the President said he was appalled that there had been nine UN peacekeeping fatalities over the last seven days – in the UN Missions in Mali and the Central African Republic.
  • He said, “Our brave UN personnel risk their lives to protect civilians, support political processes, stabilize countries in transition and facilitate humanitarian aid. They need our support.”

ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS MUST CEASE IMMEDIATELY

  • Also, this morning the President tweeted that Israel’s decision to advance settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory is extremely concerning – and that these settlements are illegal and must cease immediately.
  • He added that Israel, as an occupying Power, must abide by all of its obligations under international law.

PRESIDENT MEETS WITH U.N. AMBASSADORS TO ADVANCE U.N. AGENDA

  • The President has a number of meetings and calls with UN ambassadors today.
  • This morning, he met with the Permanent Representatives of Bangladesh and Slovenia, who are the co-facilitators dealing with aligning the work of the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
  • This afternoon, he will attend a working lunch with the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom (UK). Expected topics of discussion include revitalization of the General Assembly and the UK’s Security Council presidency next month.
  • He will also meet with the Permanent Representative of Italy. The main topic of discussion is expected to be the informal briefing that the President will convene next week in the General Assembly Hall – to hear from the Group of 20 (G20) Sherpa of Italy as the G20 President for 2021.
  • And right now, the President is currently receiving a courtesy call in his office from the Permanent Representative of Eritrea.