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25 June 2010
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
SPOKESPERSON MARTIN NESIRKY
U.N. HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK
, June 25, 2010
SECRETARY-GENERAL REMAINS HOPEFUL FOR POSITIVE RESPONSE TO INQUIRY PROPOSAL
Asked about the
proposal for an international investigation into the 31 May incident involving a flotilla headed for Gaza, the Spokesperson said that the proposal remains on the table and the Secretary-General looks forward to a swift and positive response from the Israelis. He noted that, under that proposal, Turkish and Israeli involvement would be critical.
In response to a question, the Spokesperson said that it was encouraging that there has been a shift in Israel’s approach on the question of goods going into Gaza, but added that it was crucial to see how that shift would be implemented.
Asked about ships intended to carry aid into Gaza, he noted that the Quartet, in its recent
, urged all those wishing to deliver goods to do so through established channels. The Quartet emphasized that there is no need for unnecessary confrontations.
Nesirky added that it was important for proximity talks to continue.
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