The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, and Jean Victor Nkolo, Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly.
Briefing by the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
**Questions and Answers
Question: Thank you, Martin. The Secretary-General’s report on the Goldstone, has he submitted it to the General Assembly?
Spokesperson: He has submitted a note which tells the members of the General Assembly two things; one, that he has received the three submissions from Israel, from the Palestinian Authority and from Switzerland. His own report that will look at those three submissions will be sent once the translations have been done, for the simple reasons that at least one of the submissions was very long indeed, and needs to be translated into at least the working languages. This may take some time. Once those translations have been completed, the submissions, plus the Secretary-General’s assessment, whatever form that takes, will be submitted further.
Question: Do you have a date on that?
Spokesperson: I think this depends on the intrepid work of the translation service.
Question: One quick follow-up. Mr. [Riyad] Mansour, the Palestinian Ambassador, says that the Israeli response, or the document that was submitted to the Secretariat, he said it was just flung on a desk in the Secretariat, and that it wasn’t a report, it was tailored to answer the requirements spelled out by the General Assembly. Is Mr. Ban, is the Secretary-General, is he viewing the report that was submitted by the Israelis as a response to Goldstone?
Spokesperson: We received by the deadline submissions from Israel, from the Palestinians and from Switzerland, and I think I’ll leave it at that. Yes, Matthew?