1 SEPTEMBER 2020

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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**Questions and Answers

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Question:  Thank you, Stéphane.  Recently Hamas declared an agreement on cessation of hostilities in Gaza.  Do you have any details of that? because I think the UN was involved in one way or the other.  I don’t know exactly the role of the UN…

Spokesman:  Look…

Question:  …but do you have any details on that?

Spokesman:  No, I don’t have any details.  What I can tell you is that Mr. Mladenov very much welcomes the agreement to de‑escalate tensions in and around Gaza.  Ending the launching of incendiary devices and projectiles, restoring electricity will allow the UN to focus on dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, with the COVID‑19 crisis in Gaza, which we’ve seen over the last few days grow worse.

It’s very important that all the parties do their utmost to make sure to return to calm.  Mr. Mladenov and others have always been involved in trying to mediate and encourage dialogue between the parties with the aim of helping civilians, the civilians in Gaza, who are suffering the way we know, and the civilians on the Israeli side, who have also had to suffer due to these incendiary devices.

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For information media. Not an official record.