19 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

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Question:  Thank you, Stéphane.  Last Saturday, the Non‑Aligned Movement issued a strong statement about the prospect of annexation of Palestinian land.  On Sunday, the Israeli Government was formed, and [Benjamin] Netanyahu gave a speech, and he said, we are moving ahead with the annexation and extending Israeli sovereignty over the Palestinian land.  The only one who didn’t speak up against the annexation is the Secretary‑General.  Can you give me explanation, please?

Spokesman:  Again, I think we continue on our parallel path.  I think the Secretary‑General, his representative, Mr. [Nickolay] Mladenov, has also… has spoken out very clearly and warned against annexation, warned against any unilateral moves that would jeopardize the two‑State solution.

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Abdelhamid, I wanted to add that Mr. Mladenov is scheduled to brief the Council tomorrow, so I’m sure you’ll hear back a bit more on that, as well.

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For information media. Not an official record.