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UNITED
NATIONS

Distr.
GENERAL
E/CN.4/2002/6
17 August 2001

Original: English

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Fifty-eighth session
Item 8 of the provisional agenda

QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE
OCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIES, INCLUDING PALESTINE

Note verbale dated 12 June 2001 from the Permanent Mission of Israel
to the United Nations Office at Geneva addressed to the secretariat of
the Commission on Human Rights


The Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva presents its compliments to the secretariat of the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on Human Rights and has the honour to communicate the following information regarding the incident of 12 November when a tracer bullet was fired at a vehicle escorting the United Nations High Commissioner, Mary Robinson, during her visit to the region last year.

Since then, on several occasions, including at the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on Human Rights, harsh accusations have been made against Israel alleging that it was Jewish settlers who had opened fire on the High Commissioner's convoy, and even alleging that Israel had tried to kill Mary Robinson.

Until now, it has not been clearly demonstrated what actually occurred at that time. However, the Israeli authorities have recently received the official results of the ballistics expertise carried out by the Danish police. The results indicate that the shot fired at the vehicle of the High Commissioner was from a Kalashnikov AK-47 rifle (a weapon that is not standard issue in the Israeli army) and originated from a house in the H1 area, north of Bab Al-Zawiya (an area under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority). The 15th Periodic Report of the Temporary International Presence in the City of Hebron (TIPH), an international observer mission, includes this information.

Please find enclosed herewith the relevant page of the TIPH Report addressing the results of the ballistics expertise, as well as a letter form the Head of Mission of TIPH addressed to the Minister of Local Government of the Palestinian Authority and the Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, scheduling a Monitoring and Steering Committee meeting at which the report will be discussed.

The Permanent Mission of Israel requests that this note and its attached documents* be circulated to all members of the Commission on Human Rights.

* Reproduced as received, in the language of submission only.



Annex

Excerpts from the 15th periodic report of the Temporary International Presence in the City of Hebron (TIPH):

... deliberate way, turned the long headlights on when a TIPH member got off the patrol vehicle. Blinded by the lights, the patrol members eventually had to drive in reverse, in order to leave the spot.



Temporary International Presence in the City of Hebron
Our ref. Date 4 June 2001

Dr. Saeb Erakat, Minister of Local Government, Palestinian Authority

Mr. Avi Gil, Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry

MEETING IN THE TIPH MONITORING AND STEERING COMMITTEE

Sirs,

I would like to take the initiative to schedule the next Monitoring and Steering Committee meeting.

The Periodical Report no. 15 for the period 1 February - 30 April is delivered by hand to your office today.

I suggest the report to be discussed in the MSC meeting.

At the same time it is possible to discuss former Periodical Reports covering the period from the last meeting in the MSC (reports no. XI, XII, XIII and XIV).

I would also like to discuss the situation for the children in Hebron, and the security for the TIPH observers.

I further propose the meeting to be held at the Inbar Hotel (former Laromme Hotel) in Jerusalem. If you prefer a different venue please let me know.

Yours truly,

(Signed): Karl-Henrik Sjurzen
Head of Mission

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