16 JUNE 2020

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of 16 June 2020 noon briefing by Eri Kaneko, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  Okay.  There is a letter signed by 50 independent experts opposing the annexation of Palestinian land by Israel on 1 July, and they’re calling that a violation of international law.  Are you aware of this letter signed by the independent experts and [inaudible] see in this important development?

Spokesperson:  Thank you for your question.  We have seen reports of the letter, and I think, as we’ve been saying, we are still, of course, unfalteringly committed to achieving a negotiated two‑State solution.  The Secretary‑General has said on many occasions that he’s warned of the danger of unilateral action.  That’s what we’d have to say on the letter.

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