HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY FARHAN HAQ
ASSOCIATE SPOKESPERSON FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
SECRETARY-GENERAL: GAZANS SHOULD NOT BE PUNISHED
- Asked about developments in Gaza, the Spokesperson referred to the Secretary-General’s comments yesterday, in which he said that, while he understood Israel’s security concerns, the people of Gaza should not be punished.
- Asked about the Secretary-General’s meeting on Tuesday with the Arab Group, the Spokesperson said the meeting had been called at the Arab Group's request. They raised the issues they wanted to discuss, including Gaza, and the Secretary-General listened. Asked about the Security Council’s inability to adopt a Presidential Statement on Gaza, Haq said the Security Council’s decisions were its own business.
- Asked if Gaza was considered by the UN to be “occupied,” the Spokesperson said Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem were still considered by the UN as the “occupied Palestinian territory.”