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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/55/795
20 February 2001

English
Original: French

Fifty-fifth session
Agenda item 85
Report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli
Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian
People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories



Letter dated 14 February 2001 from the Permanent Representative of Sweden
to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General


I have the honour to bring to your attention a statement on extrajudicial killings issued on 13 February 2001 by the Presidency of the European Union on behalf of the European Union (see annex).

I should be grateful if you would have the text of this letter and its annex circulated as a General Assembly document.

(Signed) Pierre Schori
Permanent Representative of Sweden
to the United Nations


Annex to the letter dated 14 February 2001 from the Permanent Representative
of Sweden to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General

[Original: English and French]

Statement on extrajudicial killings issued on 13 February 2001
by the Presidency of the European Union on behalf of the European Union


The European Union deplores the practice of so-called eliminations or extrajudicial killings of Palestinians carried out by Israeli security forces. On 21 January 2001, a demarche reflecting this concern was made to the Israeli Foreign Ministry. The existence of such a policy was later confirmed by the Israeli side. On 13 February, a new extrajudicial killing was carried out in Gaza.

The European Union reiterates its strongly held opinion that Israel’s policy in this regard is unacceptable and contrary to the rule of law. The European Union urges Israel to cease this practice and thus respect international law.

The European Union believes that extrajudicial killings are an obstacle to peace and could provoke further violence.

The European Union reiterates its deep concern about the chain of violent events during the last months and holds that it is the responsibility of the Israeli as well as of the Palestinian authorities to do their utmost to prevent actions resulting in new victims.



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