DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today's noon briefing by Fred Eckhard, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
Good afternoon. As we squawked earlier this morning, the Secretary-General will come down here at 12:30 p.m. to introduce his new High Commissioner for Human Rights-designate, Sergio Vieira de Mello.
Late on Friday, this Office issued a statement on the Middle East attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General. Today, we have this statement:
“The Secretary-General remains gravely concerned at the continued violence in the Middle East, including most recently yesterday the shooting of a Palestinian woman in Hebron by Israeli settlers and Friday's attack near the town of Hebron in the West Bank in which four Israelis were killed He reiterates his condemnation of all attacks against civilians. The Secretary-General urges all concerned to end the cycle of violence and retaliation and calls on the parties to return to the path of negotiations for a permanent settlement.”