The United Nations Department of Public Information
Convenes International Media Encounter on Question of Palestine in
Paris: The United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI)
convened an international media encounter with the theme The Search for
Peace in the Middle East at the United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Headquarters in Paris from 18-19 June
2001. Prominent journalists and Middle East experts, including senior
officials and lawmakers from the Palestinian Authority and Israel attended
the conference. Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Interim Head of the Department of Public
Information, opened the conference and delivered a message on behalf of U.N.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The Secretary-General of the French Foreign
Ministry and the Director-General of UNESCO also welcomed the participants
attending the conference.
At the encounter, Mr. Tarje Larsen, the United Nations
Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories presented a keynote
address focusing on the peace process in the Middle East. Among other
speakers, Ambassador Ibra Deguene Ka, Chairman of the Committee on the
Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Dr. Nabil Shaath, Minister of
Planning and International Cooperation of the Palestinian Authority, Mr.
Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, former Israeli Minister of Tourism and Transportation,
and Ambassador Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the
United Nations addressed the participants at the encounter.
The encounter gave international media representatives and
experts an opportunity to discuss the role of the United Nations regarding
the question of Palestine, as well as in the overall search for peace in the
The Paris media encounter was the ninth in a series
launched 10 years ago by the DPI in support of the search for peace in the
Middle East and to raise international awareness about the inalienable
rights of the Palestinian people.