21 APRIL 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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Question:  Thank you, Steph.   Yes.  Thank you.  Normally, Stéphane, when we ask a question about Israeli plan to do something, you normally say, we don’t comment on intentions.  But, here, there’s an Israeli new Government, which had been formed yesterday between Likud and the… between the… and the Lavan… Lavan Kahol or between [Benjamin] Netanyahu and [Benny] Gantz, and they put in writing that, as of 1 July, they will extend Israeli sovereignty over Palestinian land in the West Bank.  They didn’t specify which, but it was part of the agreement.  So, is there a concrete position on this?

Spokesman:  You know, I think we have… Mr. [Nickolay] Mladenov and we’ve said it in the past our concern about any movement towards unilateral moves or annexation and so forth.  That has been said in the past, and that position remains unchanged.  And Mr. Mladenov will be briefing the Security Council this week?

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