15 FEBRUARY 2021

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  Thank you.  My last question on the settlers’ violence in the occupied Palestinian territories.  It has been noticed that… in the recent days, that the settlers are going wild — destroying trees, attacking Palestinians, even terrifying people going to Jerusalem.  Some… a child was hit by a car of a settler.  And all these incidents go unnoticed or unchecked by the new Special Envoy, Mr. Tor Wennesland.

I hope that we don’t go back to the same old days of Mr. [Nickolay] Mladenov, who only talks about these things in his monthly briefing and keep quiet during these incidents.

Spokesman:  Regarding that, I don’t think that there is a problem with mentioning these things for the monthly briefings.  The Security Council has made sure that they are regularly apprised of any violations by any of the sides, and this is something that the Special Coordinators do.  And we do expect Mr. Wennesland, as with his predecessors, will continue to keep them apprised of any difficulties on the ground in his periodic reports.

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