14 JULY 2021

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Florencia Soto Niño, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  Thank you.  Yes.  I was wondering about the UN representative in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mr. Tor Wennesland.  He had time to congratulate the new Israeli President, but he didn’t say one word about the increased settlers’ violence.  They almost invade Al Aqsa Mosque every day.  They’ve been attacking Palestinian villages and towns.  They are attacking Palestinian cars.  They are burning their trees, and yet I didn’t hear one word from him even when we appealed to him to say something to allow Khalida Jarrar to attend the funeral of her daughter; yet he remained silent.  Can you explain that, please?

Associate Spokesperson:  Right.  Well, what I can say Mr. Wennesland reports regularly on settler activities, including in his briefings to the Security Council.  But in addition to that, I think we here in this briefing, as well as the Secretary-General, we have been very clear on our stance on these settlements, so there has been no lack of a voice here on that topic.

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