11 JUNE 2020

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of 11 June 2020 noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  Hi, Stéphane.  On the possible annexation in the West Bank that was announced by many Israeli officials, we know that the Secretary‑General is big believer in preventive diplomacy.  Can you tell us what he’s doing on this?

Spokesman:  Well, I think… A, he’s been… I hope you’re not driving and you’re parked, first of all.

Correspondent:  I’m actually just in front of the UN on 1st Avenue.

Spokesman:  Okay.  Well, don’t… if you’re driving, I won’t speak to you.  You have to be in park.  I want to be responsible.  First of all, the Secretary‑General has been engaged in phone calls.  Our preventive efforts are really being led by the Secretary‑General through a representative on the ground, and that’s Nickolay Mladenov, who, I think, has spent a lot of time in discussions with his Quartet partners, with Israeli authorities, with Palestinian Authorities, and others and all to reaffirm our position of the dangers that any annexation, any unilateral move would have.

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