HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NOON BRIEFING
BY FRED ECKHARD
SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS
UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK
Monday, May 10, 2004
U.N. ENVOY BRIEFS LEBANESE LEADERS ON DIPLOMATIC QUARTET MEETING
- Terje Roed Larsen, the UN’s Middle East envoy, is in Beirut today to meet senior Lebanese officials, including Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and the Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri. In separate meetings, he briefed them on the recent Quartet meeting held here in New York .
- Larsen also reiterated the Secretary-General’s position on the Palestinian track, meaning that final status issues should be resolved between the parties and the parties alone, within the frame work of the Road Map. It is important that these negotiations are not prejudged, he added.
U.N. AGENCY SPEAKS OUT ON ISRAELI DESTRUCTION OF PALESTINIAN HOMES
- According to figures released today by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the last 10 days have been one of the most intense periods of destruction of Palestinian homes by the Israeli military since the start of this intifadah.
- In the first 10 days of this month, Israel has demolished, or damaged beyond repair, 131 residential buildings in the Gaza Strip, creating 1,100 new homeless people.
- Peter Hansen, UNRWA’s Commissioner-General said: “UNRWA condemns without reservation the 2 May killings, as it does the killing of innocent Palestinians and their children, as international law simply forbids collective punishment. The overwhelming majority of the more than 17,000 Palestinians who have lost their homes in Gaza since the start of the intifada have been guilty of nothing more than living in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
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