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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
21 August 2006


Spokesman's Noon Briefing

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York


DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL


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:  Resolution 1701 talks extensively about implementation of resolution 1559 in order to bring peace to the region.  But before that, the Secretary-General has said that there are other resolutions, which remain unimplemented, which are at the root cause of all that is happening in the Middle East, namely resolution (inaudible) on Palestine.  Has he ever discussed that?  Because the peace process as it is, is now dead.  What is going to happen now?

Spokesman:  The Secretary-General would like to see successful implementation of 1701 as a step towards finding a global solution to the issues in the Middle East and finding political solutions.

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Question:  Over the weekend, in Ramallah, the Palestinian Minister of Education and other officials were seized by Israel.  So, I am wondering whether the Secretary-General or his envoys to the region have any comment on the legality or advisability of that?  And also, Mr. Annabi has been doing these briefings, so I am wondering where Jean-Marie Guéhenno is and what he has been up to.

Spokesman:  Jean-Marie Guéhenno was in France on personal business, and he continues to be in France.  He is having a number of meetings with French officials.  As for the number of arrests that we have seen of officials of the Palestinian Authority it is cause of particular concern for us.  The Secretary-General very much believes that it undermines the Palestinian institutions, which must be preserved if a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is to be achieved.

Question:  Is there going to be fund-raising for the Palestinians after the Lebanese fund-raising meeting?  And secondly, are there going to be other rules of engagement?

Spokesman:  The idea behind sending draft rules of engagement out was to elicit comments from potential troop contributors, so that everyone who contributed troops would be happy with them.  We would not want to dictate them to the Member States.  We are still waiting for comments back.

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