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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
5 August 2008


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 Michèle Montas, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

Good afternoon, all.

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**Questions and Answers

Question:   Michelle, there were some reports today that Israel is digging [up] some graveyards in Palestine.  What’s the policy of the United Nations regarding graveyards and the preservations of mosques and churches in occupied territories?

Spokesperson:     You know, of course, that there is a general position that such things should not happen.  We do not have any, of course, confirmation of this.

Question:   But in abstract terms, would you denounce that, would you consider this as a crime?

Spokesperson:     Well, I don’t know whether it’s a crime or not, but we have been condemning this type of thing, of course.  But I don’t have any specific information on that, so I cannot comment on that specific information you just gave.

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