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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
27 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

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Question:  On the other thing about the settlements situation in the occupied West Bank which are going at breakneck speed, even Secretary [of State Condoleezza] Rice has said that they should stop it and that it is against the road map offered by the Quartet.  Has the Secretary-General now taken note of that?

Spokesperson:  The Secretary-General has been saying over and over again; and I can refer you to many statements made about the settlements.  And the establishment of settlements has been condemned as something that goes against the peace accords that have been signed or the peace agreements. 

Question:  (inaudible) now what has happened, it has become accelerated…

Spokesperson:  Well, there is nothing new to say about the Secretary-General’s reaction on that.  The reaction stays the same; he has stressed that he is against the building of new settlements because they might be an obstacle to a peaceful solution. 

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