13 NOVEMBER 2020

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary‑General.

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Questions and Answers

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Question:  Okay.  Thank you.  Two for the price of one.  Secretary of State… US Secretary of State [Michael] Pompeo is planning to visit the Golan Heights and a settlement next to the town of… in Palestine and occupied town of Al‑Bireh.  Isn’t that a flagrant violation of international law?  And why the Special Envoy of the SG is silent about this forthcoming visit, which could happen in the next day or two?

Spokesman:  Well, we try not to comment on things that have not happened.  Our position on settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory and the illegality… their illegality stands unchanged.

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For information media. Not an official record.