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    SG/SM/9420
                                                                                                                            15 JULY 2004

    Secretary-General Expresses Full Support for Terje Roed-Larsen, Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace

    NEW YORK, 14 July (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

    The Secretary-General wishes to express his full support for and confidence in Terje Roed-Larsen.  As his Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority, Mr. Roed-Larsen speaks on his behalf.

    In his briefing to the Security Council on 13 July, Mr. Roed-Larsen’s intention was to convey concerns within the Quartet and more widely in the international community regarding a lack of implementation by both parties of their Road Map obligations.  There is a consensus within the Quartet that:  the Palestinian Authority must carry out its reform process, including the full empowerment of the Palestinian Prime Minister; the Government of Israel must dismantle settlement outposts and freeze settlement activity; and both sides must return to the negotiating table.

    The Secretary-General believes that the parties need to focus on the tasks at hand in order to work towards the just, lasting and comprehensive settlement that is so urgently needed.

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