19 JULY 2021
The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
Questions and Answers
Question: Yes. Thank you, Farhan. Yesterday, about 1,500 settlers forced their entry into Al-Aqsa Mosque and the vicinity, and they attacked Palestinian worshippers. A number of them were wounded, and yet this is one of the biggest — I can’t call it invasion — of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, yet there was no statement or any comments from the UN Special Envoy, Mr. [Tor] Wennesland. Why is that? Why he silent?
Deputy Spokesman: Well, rather than ask why there’s no comment, I actually have a comment, and it’s in the name of the Secretary‑General, not Mr. Wennesland, which is the following: The Secretary‑General is following with concern the heightened tensions in and around the Holy Sites of the Old City of Jerusalem. He underscores that the status quo must be upheld and fully respected. He calls upon community, religious and political leaders on all sides to refrain from provocative action and rhetoric, in the interest of peace and stability.
For information media. Not an official record.
Document Sources: Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Global Communications, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)
Subject: Holy places, Incidents, Incursions, Jerusalem, Settlements
Publication Date: 19/07/2021
URL source: https://www.un.org/press/en/2021/db210719.doc.htm