Israeli decision to bar access to West Bank regretted by UN envoy

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The top United Nations envoy for the Middle East Peace Process has called on the Government of Israel to reconsider its decision to prevent foreign dignitaries from entering the West Bank.

Foreign Ministers from four countries had planned to attend a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement committee on Palestine on Sunday.

The meeting was cancelled as a result of the Israeli denial of transit for the ministers.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky has more.

Robert Serry

"Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, has said he regrets the decision by the Government of Israel to bar the Foreign Ministers of Bangladesh, Cuba, Indonesia and Malaysia from access to the West Bank. The foreign ministers had intended to attend the extraordinary meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement's Committee on Palestine in Ramallah. Serry said that the denial of access was yet another step that contradicts the credibility of the Oslo arrangements."

Duration: 26"

The Oslo Accords reached in Norway in 1993 established a framework for the future relations between Palestinians and Israelis and provided for the creation of the Palestinian Authority.

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