The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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Question:  Thank you, Stéphane.  It looks like none of the developments in the occupied Palestinian territories made it to the Noon Briefing, although there were major developments.  For example, Sunday morning, 500 settlers and fanatics invaded the Al Aqsa Mosque and prayed in the inside, and 700 acres were confiscated from the village of Qaryout, and 70 people were wounded in the March of Return in Gaza on Friday.  So, these developments, unless we ask questions, there [is] no mention of the development in Palestine, but there are so many officials there.  None of them reported these things to make it to the Noon Briefing?

Spokesman:  On the issue of the Al Aqsa Mosque, our position is very clear and remains the same, that nothing should be done to challenge the status quo.  On the other issues, I will check… see what reporting has come in.  Evelyn?

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