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1 February 2012
Spokesperson's Noon Briefing
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.
Good afternoon and welcome to the briefing.
The Secretary-General arrived in Israel this morning and met with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.
He later travelled to Ramallah, where he has been meeting with the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki.
The Secretary-General discussed the Middle East peace process with all leaders, and discussed especially the talks initiated in January by King Abdullah and Foreign Minister [Nasser] Judeh of Jordan. He noted that negotiations are the only path for a sustainable resolution of all final-status issues. While in Ramallah, the Secretary-General met with Palestinian civil society organizations. And he also met with graduates of the United Nations annual media training programme for Palestinian journalists.
We will continue to issue readouts of the various meetings the Secretary-General has had with officials and provide transcripts of the Secretary-General’s various press encounters.
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