Press Release
Department of Public Information · News Coverage Service · Geneva

15 February 2002

Geneva press briefing


Jamel Ben Yahmed, Chief of the Press Unit of the Information Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva, briefed journalists about the appointment of the new Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP); the talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders; the Middle East situation; and the Secretary-General's concern about the electoral process in Togo.


Middle East

Mr. Ben Yahmed said that yesterday at UN headquarters, the Secretary-General met with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel, Michael Melchior, with whom he discussed the latest plan to bring an end to the violence in the Middle East being put forward by Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. The Secretary-General said he would encourage Mr. Peres in his efforts, despite widespread skepticism at this time, because of the need to strive for durable, long-term peace in the Middle East.

Yesterday, the members of the Security Council heard a briefing on the developments regarding the situation in the Middle East from the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Kieran Prendergast. Members of the Council had expressed concern at the continuing violence in the region, and they shared the expressed dismay of the Secretary-General for the attack on the Palestinian Authority in Gaza on 10 February causing the injury of two United Nations employees and heavy damage to United Nations offices.


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