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PB/02/01/15
15 January 2002

Geneva press briefing


REGULAR PRESS BRIEFING BY THE INFORMATION SERVICE


Marie Heuzé, the Director of the Information Service at Geneva, briefed journalists about the International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan; an appeal to donors for funds for Afghanistan; the Secretary-General's latest statement on Colombia; the Cyprus talks; the Fourth Session of the Preparatory Committee for the International Conference on Financing for Development; statements by the Secretary-General on the death of Cyrus Vance and on a speech by the President of Pakistan; and upcoming press conferences.

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Questions

A journalist asked if the Secretary-General had made any comments concerning the destruction of Palestinian houses by Israelis in Rafah. The Director said that there had been a statement by the Secretary-General on this issue on 11 September and she would send it to the reporter.

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Human Rights

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The Committee on the Rights of the Child was continuing its session which opened yesterday at the Palais Wilson, Mr. Diaz said. Today, the Committee was looking at the situation of children's rights in Lebanon.

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Asked if the High Commissioner had any reaction to the demonstration held by Palestinians in front of the Palais des Nations last weekend. Mr. Diaz said that the High Commissioner had not made a statement on this.

In response to another question on report of Israel's sale of body parts of Palestinian boys, Mr. Diaz said that he was unfamiliar with this report. However the High Commissioner and a number of other UN mechanisms had continuously expressed concern over the continued violence in the Palestinian territories. The High Commissioner had visited the territories in November 2000 and had reported to a Special Session of the Commission on Human Rights, expressing concern over the excessive use of force in the territories and calling for a dialogue among the parties as the only way to reach a solution.

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