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PRESS ENCOUNTER WITH THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
FOLLOWING HIS MEETING WITH THE GROUP OF 77

AT STAKEOUT OUTSIDE CONFERENCE ROOM 4

21 November 2005

(unofficial transcript)

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Q: And on Sharon?

SG: On the elections you mean? Well, I think it’s an issue I don’t want to get involved too much. Obviously, we have an election coming up. Until now, we thought the only election was the Palestinian election in January and that the Israeli elections were going to be much later in the year. Given the political developments, that is also coming up about March, and of course we need to monitor it during this election period. Maybe there are certain proposals or issues that cannot be pushed and things are going to be at a standstill for a while. And I hope that these elections will go smoothly and we can get back to pressing the parties of the peace process.
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