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Source: Secretary-General
29 November 2007



New York, 29 November 2007 - Secretary-General's press encounter following ceremony to commemmorate International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People [unofficial transcript]

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Q: Sir, with Palestine effectively split in two, how do you see the way forward on this new timetable that has now been set in place?

SG: There was a very historic agreement to launch negotiations, to address all the pending issues and agree on a peace treaty by the end of 2008. There is a follow-up mechanism; we are going to have an important donor conference in Paris on December 17th, and the Russian Government offered their willingness to host a follow-up conference sometime early next year. With all this, I hope we will be able to facilitate and urge, and implementation is most important thing. What is the important thing is that we do tomorrow what we say today.

Q: What about Gaza, sir? He asked about Gaza. What about the situation in Gaza? How are you going to solve this problem, sir?

SG: This is a source of great concern for me. During the Quartet meeting, I had conveyed a fact sheet on the humanitarian situation in Gaza. As the Secretary-General of the United Nations, I have broad humanitarian responsibilities. I have urged again when I met with Prime Minister [Ehud] Olmert that he should take immediate action to ease access and movement, look at the very difficult situation in Gaza, look at the humanitarian situation. I am really working very hard to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

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