U.N. ENVOY APPEARS BEFORE ISRAELI KNESSET
- With just a few weeks to go before he leaves his post, Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, became the first UN official to be invited to appear before the Israeli Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
- Earlier today, Larsen briefed Committee members on his recent trip to Syria, Lebanon and Egypt, stressing the existence of "potential opportunities" in the region.
- In particular, he emphasized President Basahar Al-Assad's willingness to resume negotiations without preconditions and within the framework of relevant Security Council resolutions and the principle of land for peace.
- Larsen urged Israel to grab Al-Assad's outstretched hand.
- The meeting also focused on the potential for movement on the Israeli-Palestinian track and on relations between Israel and the United Nations