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The Council’s quarterly debate on the Middle East, including the question of Palestine, was scheduled for 26 April.

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When asked about the Council’s emergency meeting held the previous week over clashes in Gaza and the status of a press statement on the situation there, Mr. Meza-Cuadra said that one country had objected to the press statement, which meant that it was not adopted.  He said the Council would remain very attentive to the events in Gaza as they unfolded, particularly regarding the humanitarian situation.

In response to questions about the fact that the briefing on the political and humanitarian situations in Syria was not planned until the end of the month, he told correspondents that it was possible that the crisis in that country, including the grave situation in eastern Ghouta, would be taken up at an earlier date, as required.

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