1 JULY 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:  Yes.  Hi, Stéphane.  Can you hear me?  Can we expect any statement or position from the SG today or tomorrow on the annexation in the West Bank?

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Spokesman:  Listen, I think our position has been made very clear through the Secretary‑General.  At least, as of now, I have not seen any action that has been taken.  So, obviously, we will react to whatever happens.  But, at this point, I think we’ve made clear our position against any unilateral moves.

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Question:  Did… does Mr. [Nickolay] Mladenov, by any chance, have any comment today on the annexation of the Jordan Valley that didn’t happen?

Spokesman:  No.  I mean, we try not to comment on things that… I mean, we… let me not get into trouble here.  I think, as I said to Nabil, our position on the annexation is very clear.  The Secretary‑General said it in very clear and simple and stark language.  That has not changed.  As far as I know, as of now, nothing has really happened on the ground.  So, there’s nothing for us to comment on.  What I can tell you is that Mr. Mladenov, in the past days, has been in daily contact with his Israeli counterparts, his Palestinian counterparts, regional interlocutors, including the Foreign Ministers of Egypt and Jordan, in order to restore some sort of real dialogue between the parties.  He’s also been dealing with the impact of the current situation on the civilian population.

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For information media. Not an official record.