Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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:  So, Israeli Defence Minister, Mr. [Naftali] Bennett, said last week on a conference that “our objective is that within a short amount of time, and we will work for it, we will apply Israeli sovereignty to all of Area C, not just the settlements, not just this bloc or another”.  Your comment on that?

Spokesman:  I haven’t seen the comments, so I trust you that they are correct.  We’ve always stood against any unilateral moves that will move us even further away from a peace process.

Question:  Why… I mean, this comment or this… it’s not new, and there is still also… it has been, like, for the last… it’s almost a week old.  Why didn’t we hear anything from the UN envoy about this… he’s silent about any…?

Spokesman:  I think this… these… it’s not the first time we’ve heard these comments, and I think, in the recent past, he’s made his position and the UN’s position very clear.

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