Jerusalem, 23 February 1997

MONITORING GROUP FOR IMPLMENTATION OF GRAPES OF WRATH UNDERSTANDINGS

(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman’s Office)

On Friday, February 21, the Monitoring Group for the Implementation of the "Grapes of Wrath" Understandings completed its deliberations concerning the complaints lodged by Lebanon. The Monitoring Group categorically rejected Lebanon’s claim that Israel was responsible for the death of a Lebanese citizen last Thursday resulting from an explosion in an open area north of the Security Zone, and absolved Israel of any responsibility in the matter. The Lebanese delegates had presented supposed evidence that the explosive devices contained components manufactured in Israel. However, the Israeli delegates proved that the shells are not used by IDF or SLA forces, and the Monitoring Group accepted Israel’s position.