5 JUNE 2020

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of the noon briefing on 5 June 2020 by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  My second question is, what is the United Nations doing, if anything, to pursue a meeting of the Quartet to follow up on… on…?

Spokesman:  Discussions are ongoing, being led by Mr. [Nickolay] Mladenov from the region, and as soon as we have something to announce, I will let you know.

Question:  Does that mean… does that mean that he actually is trying to put together some kind of a meeting?

Spokesman:  I think we… as we’ve said publicly, we think there would be a benefit from having a Quartet meeting.  James Bays.  Sorry.  James?

Question:  Okay.  I have a different question, but I’m going to follow up on that.  Does the Secretary‑General and Mr. Mladenov, then, believe it is imperative to have that Quartet meeting before what seems to be the clear deadline, which is July, and the date that Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu says he is going to carry out annexation of parts of the West Bank?

Spokesman:  I think we would like to see a Quartet… I think we’d all benefit from a Quartet meeting happening as soon as possible.

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For information media. Not an official record.