11 MAY 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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Question:  Okay.  Thank you.  Well, the Elders today issued a statement regarding the Israeli plan to annex part of the West Bank.  I mean, I have been following the action of the world Powers regarding this plan.  The only person who did not issue a clear‑cut statement representing the United Nations at the highest level is the Secretary‑General.  Why is that?  I mean, with this major development, it’s not something like bulldozing a house, as the Israeli did this morning in this village of Kobar, or shutting down a clinic in East Jerusalem.  This is annexing part of the West Bank and the Jordan Valley.  So, why there is no clear‑cut, concrete statement from the Secretary‑General?  I will keep asking that again… sorry.

Spokesman:  Abdelhamid, you and I are going to travel on parallel roads on this for quite some time.  I think, if you look at Mr. [Nickolay] Mladenov’s latest statement to the Security Council, I think the Secretary‑General’s position against any annexation is very, very clear for all to see.  All right.  Any other questions?  I guess you did have the last question.  All right.  See you all tomorrow.  Bye.

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