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Stephan Djuric, spokesperson of António Gutteres SG of the UN told the journalists in both press briefings on the 27 and 28 of June that the Secretary General was shocked, concerned and deeply saddened about the images of violence at the Moroccan Spanish border last friday againts african migrantes on both sides of the border. This statement was only made in answer to the question made by the journalists since there was no mention on the issue by Djuric before beeing questioned.

Djuric also informed to be unaware of the next visit by SG personal envoy for Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura.

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General 27 June 2022

Question: And another question, there was a serious incident between Morocco and Spain where a number of… significant number of migrants were killed and injured trying to get into Spain. Does the Secretary‑General have any comment?

Spokesman: We very much deplore this tragic incident and the loss of life, and I think it also is just yet another reminder of why we need well‑managed global migration routes involving countries of origin, destination and transit. And I believe our colleagues at UNHCR [Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees] and IOM [International Organization for Migration] have also expressed themselves.

Question: Thank you. Can you confirm that Mr. [Staffan] de Mistura is going back to the region and to Morocco, beginning of July? And if yes, what he’s going to try to get a new round table?

Spokesman: I don’t have anything for you to… anything to confirm for you at this point, but we may get something a bit later.

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General 28 JUNE 2022

Question: Hi, Steph. Each time there is an horrific event in the world, wherever, the SG is deeply saddened. Could he say or do something better than being deeply saddened?

Spokesman: Well, I mean, we’re asked for an initial reaction. You ask… people ask me for what his emotion was at the time. Right? And we were talking about the issue of the migrants in Texas. That’s his reaction. You’re asking me what he’s doing; I think he has been working for a long time to try to get Member States to work together to agree on a… and to live up to the commitments made under the Global Compact for migration. So, I mean, you can both feel shock and sadness and horror and also do something about it, which is exactly what he’s doing. And let me… since we’re… you’re asking me about that, I also want to say how… to use a term we’ve already used but how shocked we were at the images of the violence that we saw at the border between Morocco and Spain in North Africa over the weekend, which, again, resulted in the deaths of dozens of human beings, of asylum‑seekers, of migrants. We saw the use of also of excessive force by the authorities, which needs to be investigated because it is unacceptable. States have obligations under international law and international human rights law and refugee law. Those… all those must be upheld. People who are on the move have human rights, and those need to be respected, and we’re seeing them all too often disrespected. And again, you’re asking me what we can do. What we can do and what we will do is continue to push Member States to uphold what so many of them agreed on in terms of the Global Compact on Migration. Philippe?

Question: Excuse me. When you say… follow‑up. When you say excessive use of force, you mean Morocco? You mean Spain?

Spokesman: We’ve seen it on… from what I saw, at least, on both sides of the border.