Israel Rejects Human Rights Commission Resolution

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
28 April 1999

Israel completely rejects the resolution taken by the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva yesterday (Tuesday), 27.4.99, at its annual conference. Israel is disappointed by the position of those countries headed by the countries of the European Union which, while apparently supporting the Middle East peace process, passes a resolution that essentially stands in direct opposition to agreements between Israel and the Palestinians.

The current decision, and similar ill-considered statements, distance Europe from worthwhile and acceptable involvement in the peace process. In addition, this decision omits fundamental principles of the peace process such as United Nations Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, and the principle of direct negotiations that has been the pillar of the peace process from its beginning.

At this time, great efforts are being made again to get the peace process moving on the basis of principles and agreements signed between the parties to the conflict. This unilateral decision taken in Geneva can only weaken the level of Palestinian commitment to direct negotiations and agreed upon solutions.