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1 June 2007
SECRETARY-GENERAL’S PRESS ENCOUNTER FOLLOWING HIS BRIEFING TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL ON HIS RECENT MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF THE QUARTET, 1 JUNE 2007
Q: The Quartet Statement, Sir, was described by several Arab countries, and also South Africa, as being a disappointment because it reduces Palestinians to recipients of humanitarian aid. So what is your reaction, Sir, and what are you doing to lift the blockade against Palestinians?
SG: My observation is that I was very much encouraged by the strong support by all the member states of the Security Council for the outcome of the Quartet, and they are also encouraged by the prospect and decision that there will be another Quartet [meeting] in the region around the end of this month, with the participation of Arab partners and hopefully Israeli and Palestinian leaders.