Incidents in Jerusalem, New Executive Director of the Office of the UN Register of Damage Caused by the Construction of the Wall in the OPT– 14 April 2021 Daily Press Briefing – (Excerpts)

23 APRIL 2021

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


Senior Personnel Appointments

A couple of senior personnel appointments:

One, the Secretary-General is appointing Leonid Frolov of the Russian Federation as Executive Director of the Office of the UN Register of Damage caused by the Construction of the Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory — that is the official name.

He succeeds our friend Vladimir Goryayev of the Russian Federation, who retired in 2020.  The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Goryayev’s leadership of the Register of Damage and his dedicated service to the United Nations for over three decades.

Mr. Frolov has served since 2017 as Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the State of Israel.  He previously served in the Foreign Service of the Russian Federation since 1994.  We welcome him.  More information is being sent out in a note.


Questions and Answers


Question:  Thank you, Stéphane.  I was expecting that you mention what’s going on in Jerusalem.  According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, 105 Palestinians were wounded, some of them in… still in the hospital, after those Jewish extremists roaming in the streets of Jerusalem, beating Palestinians and destroying their cars.

As you know, Friday, there’s a Palestinian walk to Jerusalem to pray in the al-Aqsa Mosque, and that’s where the confrontation started at the checkpoint, but it went through the streets of Jerusalem.  Why there is no mention of these important developments?

Spokesman:  Well, I mean, we’ve, obviously, seen what’s happened overnight, which was part of a pattern of things we have seen since the beginning of Ramadan, and Mr. [Tor] Wennesland addressed this directly in his remarks yesterday at the Security Council.


For information media. Not an official record.


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