Deputy FM-Designate Melchior to Address the UN Commission on Human Rights

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
March 18, 2001

The Deputy Foreign Minister-Designate, MK Rabbi Michael Melchior, will depart tomorrow (March 19) for Geneva to participate in the yearly session of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

Rabbi Melchior will deliver a speech to the Commission in which he will elaborate on the supreme value which Israel attaches to human rights. He will call upon the Palestinians to halt the violence, since a return to negotiations requires tranquility.

Deputy FM-Designate Melchior will also meet in Geneva with foreign ministers from other nations participating in the session.

The yearly session of the Commission on Human Rights, which convenes for approximately six weeks, is comprised of 53 member states, elected on a regional basis. Israel is not a member of the Commission but will participate in the session with observer status.