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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
18 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 Farhan Haq, Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Good afternoon, everyone.

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**Questions and Answers

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Question:  Farhan, Israel has just announced that they are releasing some 200 Palestinian prisoners and that leaves out 12,200.  Will the Secretary-General be asking Israel to release the rest of the Palestinian prisoners too?

Associate Spokesperson:  Well, first of all, we will react to this particular release once it takes place.  I don’t have a reaction on this just yet.  But as far as that goes, we have brought up the issue of all the prisoners in the context of a comprehensive peace process repeatedly.  And with that, I wish you all a good afternoon.

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