Israel’s Response to UN Secretary-General Report on Har Homa

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
June 29, 1997

Israel is astonished that the main points of the UN Secretary-General’s report were communicated to the media even before the report itself was conveyed to the UN member states

. This report was written following an unnecessary and unilateral resolution by the General-Assembly’s special emergency session. The very convening of this session raises questions, in light of the numerous grave issues on the international agenda which have not been given the UN’s due attention. This session is yet another expression of the attempt to bypass the peace process and to internationalize the conflict.

The international community must oppose these attempts, which contradict the principles of the peace process and further hinder the efforts to bring to its renewal.

The details communicated to the media by the UN Secretariat indicate that this report will join the numerous unilateral documents issued by the UN with regard to the Arab-Israeli conflict. It proves, yet again, that the UN is incapable of serving as an honest broker in the peace process.

Israel urges those member states which value the peace process to reject this report, and to issue instead a firm and resounding call to the Palestinians for their immediate return to the frameworks of direct negotiation set forth in the Madrid Conference and the Oslo Agreements. Such direct negotiations are the only means through which the parties can come to resolve their differences.