7 May 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

Question:  Yeah.  On Tuesday afternoon, five Arab Ambassadors met with the Secretary‑General, and they are the ambassadors of Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, the League of Arab States and Palestine.  And they expressed their utmost concern about the Israeli plans to annex part of the West Bank on 1 July.  Do you have anything to say?  Do you have readout what the SG… [cross talk] What did he say?

Spokesman:  I don’t have a specific readout, but the Secretary‑General’s position on that has been expressed clearly, and I would advise you to reread Mr. [Nickolay] Mladenov’s last briefing to the Security Council in which he expressed the Secretary-General’s position.  The SG’s position on the possibility of annexation is the same in private as it is in public.

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For information media. Not an official record.