Signing ceremony of the TIPH mandate renewal to be held tomorrow in Jerusalem.
Remarks by Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aaron Abramovich
His Excellency the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Israel, Mr. Jakken Biørn Lian,
Representative of the PLO, Mr. Saeb Erekat,
Deputy Head of TIPH, Mr. Alessandro Lingeri,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
First of all, please permit me to begin by thanking the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway and his Embassy staff for organizing this signing ceremony here today. I would also like to thank the six member states of TIPH – Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway – whose representatives are here. These six states, under Norway’s coordination, have from the outset demonstrated a clear-cut commitment to TIPH which has been so important in ensuring the long-term stability of TIPH.
The changing political circumstances of recent months and the renewal of the dialogue at the highest levels between Israel and the Palestinian Authority offer renewed hope. Indeed, the recent meeting between Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas has underscored the new atmosphere and prospects that exist for potential progress between Israel and the present Palestinian leadership.
Under these circumstances, it was decided to renew the tradition of holding a signing ceremony for the renewal of the TIPH mandate. Such a ceremony is an expression of the importance that Israel attaches to its dialogue with the Palestinian Authority, as well as to the operation of TIPH itself.
The threats posed by terrorism and extremism have by no means disappeared. There are those who wish to destroy all possibility for reconciliation and peace between Israel and the Palestinians. They must not be allowed to succeed. The commitment of the Palestinian Authority government to the principles of the Quartet is an important step in this regard.
We are aware of the complex and often difficult nature of the TIPH mission. Indeed, the events in recent days in Hebron serve as a reminder of just how sensitive and charged the situation is.
Even if from time to time there are disagreements between us, we always bear in mind that you and TIPH are in Hebron not unilaterally, but at the invitation of both Israel and the Palestinians. You are our guests, and we always welcome and honor our guests. We at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will do all that we can to facilitate your mission and your stay here. Our door is always open to you.
I will conclude by wishing you much success in your vital mission, for your success is also ours.
TIPH mandate to be renewed
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
The signing ceremony of the renewal of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) will take place tomorrow, (Monday 13 August 2007) at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem.
MFA Director-General Mr. Aaron Abramovich will represent Israel at the ceremony, while the PA will be represented by Mr. Saeb Erekat.
The multinational presence in Hebron has been in place since 1997, and its six-month mandate is periodically extended. The force is present in accordance with a request made by both Israel and the PA, and is comprised of representatives from six countries: Italy, Denmark, Turkey, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.