3 MARCH 2020

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

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**Questions and Answers

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Question:  Good afternoon.  Question on the UN Committee for the Inalienable Rights of Palestinians.  They’re in a delegation right now to India to talk about the possible role for India as a mediator in the Israel‑Palestinian conflict.  I want to ask you, of all the countries that have good relationships with both Israel and the Palestinian Authority, why this Committee… why this effort to approach India, as opposed to any other mutually friendly country?

Spokesman:  That’s a question you have to ask the Committee Chair.  It’s a committee of Member States.  We, as the Secretariat, do not decide or direct them to where they travel.  It’s a Member State… it’s a legislative Member State committee.  It’s up to them to see where they want to go.

Question:  Does the Secretary‑General feel there can be a different mediator in this process?

Spokesman:  It’s not for the Secretary‑General to comment on their work.

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