16 APRIL 2021

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:  Thank you, Stéphane.  The settler violence is escalating.  The… one settler killed a Palestinian yesterday — his name is Ali Abulkheir — next to Jericho.  Two human right experts from Geneva issued a statement saying that these… violence of the settlers is [inaudible] and dangerous, and yet the man who is supposed to speak out also against this violence in Jerusalem, we don’t hear from him very much.  Why the coordinate… this coordinator in occupied Palestine doesn’t say anything about these violations?

Spokesman:  Well, he will no doubt report on these violations during his regular briefing to the Security Council.  We, of course, back whatever our human rights colleagues said, and we condemn violence, and we will continue to do so.

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For information media. Not an official record.