4 JUNE 2020

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of noon briefing on 4 June 2020 by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  Thank you, Stéphane.  I was wondering:  the panel today, this morning, about Palestine, it was organized by the UN Committee on Palestinian Inalienable Rights.  It’s a UN body, the Committee.  Why it was not announced in the noon briefing?  Why there was no mention of this?

Spokesman:  It’s… I think, traditionally, we flag meetings of the Security Council that involve resolutions that impact the Secretariat.  We don’t flag every meeting of the Security Council.  We don’t flag every meeting of the General Assembly, and we don’t flag every meeting of any legislative body that occurs.  So, I mean, it has no implication on how we… on the seriousness of the event.  It was a Member State event, but we don’t usually flag every Member State event that takes place.

Correspondent:  It’s a UN Committee event, just to…

Spokesman:  I understand.  It’s… I’m not disputing it’s an official UN Committee.  A lot of committees meet all the time.  We don’t proactively flag all of those meetings, like we don’t proactively flag every meeting of the Security Council.

Question:  As a follow‑up, Mr. Dujarric, there are 24 days… or 26 days left before annexation, and every country in the world or… is talking about this annexation.  We haven’t heard from the Secretary‑General, as it is, from him a statement in the name of the Secretary‑General about this annexation.  I know the, you know, general statement about this position on annexation, but this is a major development.  How can he be silent when there is 30 per cent of Palestinian‑occupied land annexed by Israel?

Spokesman:  Again, you and I are on these parallel roads.  I don’t believe he’s been silent, whether it’s a statement… whether it’s something that I read out or Mr. Mladenov reads out in the Secretary‑General’s name.  I don’t think Nickolay Mladenov could have been clearer in a public meeting of the Security Council in underscoring the Secretary‑General’s grave, grave concern and the grave impact it could have if annexation goes through.  All right.  If anyone has a question, just open your mic, because I’m just not seeing…

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