10 FEBRUARY 2020

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

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Question:  Thanks, Farhan.  On the Palestinian stuff in the Security Council that’s happening tomorrow, is it the understanding of the Secretariat that Ehud Olmert is going to be taking part in some way in the building?  That’s the ex‑Israeli Prime Minister.

Deputy Spokesman:  I don’t have any confirmation of his presence in the building.  I’m aware that he is in town, but you would have to reach out to his team.  We don’t speak for him.

Question:  Sure.  Thanks.  And am I right in thinking the Secretary‑General is going to be speaking at the session?  And, if he is, could you just give us a taste of what kind of message he’s going to be bringing tomorrow?

Deputy Spokesman:  You’re aware of the messages that we have on this particular issue, and they’ve been very clear and consistent.  I can confirm that he intends to speak.  I believe that Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator, also intends to speak.

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