Foreign Ministry response to Larsen appointment

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
21 September 1999

With reference to reports in the international press that Mr. Terje Roed-Larsen of Norway has been appointed as UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and the Secretary-Generals Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, the Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Mission to the UN have released the following statement:

"Israel has repeatedly clarified to the UN and its representatives that it cannot accept an expansion of the title, mandate and powers of the outgoing UN Special Coordinator, Mr. Chinmaya R. Gharekhan, beyond the functional areas, to which he was charged. The basis of the Arab-Israeli peace process, since its advent with the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference, has been direct, face-to-face negotiations between the parties. Any attempts to alter these terms of reference, including the involvement of the UN in the negotiating process, are unacceptable to the government of Israel."