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"We come to the Universal Periodic Review with respect for the process, belief in the importance of its universality and cooperative nature, and with great pride in our achievements."
That's what the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador Eviatar Manor told the Human Rights Council on Tuesday.
He said "We are certainly not perfect, and we believe the UPR, as well as our periodic reports to the core human rights treaty bodies, will result in further improvement in the protection and promotion of human rights in Israel."
Ambassador Manor said the main challenge Israel is facing is its relations with the Palestinians.
“I would like to point out that Israel has agreed to release Palestinians prisoners as a Confidence Building Measure. A second group of prisoners is being released tonight. All of them have blood on their hands. Their release, I believe, illustrates Israel's determination to reach an agreement with our Palestinian neighbours that will, once and for all, end the conflict. “
Ambassador Manor told the Council "our record is before you. It is not a perfect record. We are here to listen to your comments and recommendations which we shall study closely.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.