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    SG/SM/8765
    PAL/1958
    1 July 2003

    SECRETARY-GENERAL WELCOMES “CRITICALLY IMPORTANT”
    ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN AGREEMENT, COMMENDS US ROLE

    NEW YORK, 30 June (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General was issued on 27 June:

    The Secretary-General welcomes today’s agreement between the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, by which Israeli forces will withdraw from agreed positions first in the Gaza Strip and then in Bethlehem.  The Palestinian Authority will resume security responsibility in the areas concerned.

    He looks forward to continued implementation of the Road Map, leading to a permanent settlement of the conflict based on Security Council Resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973) and 1397 (2002).  The Secretary-General commends the vital role played by the United States in facilitating this critically important agreement.

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