13 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.  Yesterday, the Palestinian Prime Minister, Mohammad Shtayyeh, said that the Palestinian leadership is meeting this Saturday — that will include Hamas and Jihad.  They will take hard decisions regarding the Israeli plan to annex almost 40 per cent of the Palestinian land.

Is the SG doing anything?  Did he call anyone?  Did he speak to the Palestinians?  Did he speak to the Israelis?  Is he doing anything regarding this grave situation that will start on 1 July?

Spokesman:  Look, I think Mr. [Nickolay] Mladenov has been in touch with all the parties.  Our position on any annexation is very clear.  We have said clearly it would derail a two‑State solution, to say the least.  So, it is something we are, obviously, fully aware of and that Mr. Mladenov is engaged with the parties.

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