HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SPOKESMAN'S BRIEFING

BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC
ASSOCIATE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
 OF THE UNITED NATIONS

UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK

Thursday, December 16, 2004

 U.N. LIAISON OFFICE TO OPEN IN RAMALLAH
AHEAD OF PALESTINIAN ELECTIONS

  • Regarding UN efforts in the upcoming Palestinian presidential elections, the UN expects the UN Liaison and Support Unit to open its office in Ramallah the day after tomorrow, and that soon after, a satellite office will open in Gaza.
     
  • The primary function of these offices will be to liaise with International Observer Groups, to ensure that they have access to all relevant information needed for them to work efficiently.
     
  • It will also promote liaison and collaboration among national and international observers.
     
  • The UN officers will act as an interface between the international observers and the Palestinian Central Electoral Commission.
     
  • Asked whether the United Nations would open an office in Jerusalem for the elections, the Spokesman said the United Nations is not involved in the voting in East Jerusalem. Instead, he said, Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to implement a 1996 agreement allowing East Jerusalem residents to vote.

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Document Type: Highlights of the Noon Briefing
Document Sources: Secretary-General, United Nations News Service
Subject: Electoral issues, Palestine question
Publication Date: 16/12/2004