3 JUNE 2020

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of noon briefing on 3 June 2020 by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  Thank you, Stéphane.  The UN is a member of the Quartet, and there was call by the Russian Federation for a meeting of the Quartet to meet on the issue of annexation, which is just 27 days ago…  away from us.  Why the SG is waiting for someone else to call for the meeting of the Quartet since the UN is an integral part of the Quartet?  Isn’t he going to be…

Spokesman:  Abdelhamid, I don’t think the SG is waiting.  I would refer you back to what Mr. [Nickolay] Mladenov said in his open…  the open meeting of the Security Council calling for the Quartet to meet.  Obviously, every other… other parties need to…  I mean, everyone who’s involved in any structure needs to agree, but I don’t have anything I’m able to share with you at this point on what is a very important question, indeed.

Question:  Did he initiate any contact with members of the Quartet?  Is he going to be…

Spokesman:  Yes, he has been in touch with members of the Quartet, actively so.

Question:  And there is no…

Spokesman:  With…  when there is something to…  like with everything that we talk about here, when there’s something to confirm and to announce, we shall do so.

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