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Source: United Nations News Service (See also > DPI)
31 July 2002


The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today's noon briefing by Fred Eckhard, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

Good afternoon.

**Statement on Jerusalem Bomb Attack

The following is a statement attributable to the Spokesman concerning the event in Jerusalem:

“The Secretary-General is appalled by today's bomb attack at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in which seven people were killed and more than
80 wounded.  He condemns utterly all such terrorist attacks against civilians.   He once again urges all concerned to end the cycle of violence, revenge and retaliation, and calls on the parties to return to the path of negotiations on a permanent settlement.”

**Jenin Report

On the Jenin report, the Secretary-General’s report on recent events in Jenin and other Palestinian cities is expected to be released tomorrow.

As you’ll recall, this report was requested by the General Assembly on 7 May, after the disbandment of the team which the Secretary-General, supported by the Security Council, had proposed to send to Jenin to establish the facts on the ground.

We expect the report to be available in all languages without any embargo tomorrow morning at about 8:30 a.m.  Electronic copies will also be available on the Web site.

At 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, a senior United Nations official will give you a background briefing on the report.


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