HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY FARHAN HAQ, DEPUTY SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
WEDNESDAY, 18 JUNE 2014
ISRAEL, PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY WORKING TO FIND MISSING STUDENTS
- In response to questions about three Israeli youths who went missing in the West Bank, the Spokesman clarified that the United Nations does not establish or verify whether there has been an abduction and who is behind it.
- He said that Israel and the Palestinian Authority are working together in a concerted effort to find the missing students, and as part of that, they are investigating and gathering evidence.
- Haq said it is certain is that the three students are missing, and have been missing since Thursday. Both Israel and the PA are working on the assumption, based on intelligence that they have, that their disappearance is due to abduction. It is on that basis that the Secretary-General’s condemnation on Saturday was issued.