29 MAY 2020

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of the 29 May 2020 noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  My second question, yesterday, Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu gave an interview, and he said he was determined to annex 30 per cent of the West Bank — that’s his word, 30 per cent — of the West Bank and, of course, the Jordan Valley.  And when asked about Palestinian citizens in those annexed areas, he said they would not be given the Israeli citizenship.

First, isn’t that a flagrant case of apartheid?

And the second question, when the UN…  when Netanyahu give these kind of flagrant statement in violation of UN resolutions and international law and there is no outcry for action from the upper echelon of the United Nations, wouldn’t that be a signal for him that the world community is living with this kind of behaviour?

Deputy Spokesman:  We have come out against this behaviour.  We’ve made very clear that we are against these unilateral steps.  I think Nickolay Mladenov spoke very eloquently about the need to avoid these steps that will endanger the two‑State solution, and he also made very clear, in his remarks to the Security Council, that he believes the recent reaction from the Palestinian side is basically a cry for help, and it must be listened to.

And, so, we will continue both to work on the diplomatic tracks and to make clear our opposition to annexation or unilateral steps.

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For information media. Not an official record.