Sources: UN Human Rights Body to Hold Special Session on Middle East
The United Nations Commission on Human Rights will convene a special session next week to examine the violence raging between Palestinians and Israelis in the Middle East, diplomatic sources said in Geneva Tuesday.
The session, requested last week by the Arab League, was approved during a meeting here by at least 35 of the Commission's 53 member states, the sources said.
The special session of the Commission, which meets annually for six weeks in March and April, is expected to be held in the middle of next week and last for two days, they added.
The meeting could result in a visit to the region by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, they said.
The Commission has already decided to send on Wednesday a special human rights envoy to the Palestinian territories, Giorgio Giacomelli.
Diplomatic efforts have been stepped up in a bid to calm the bloody clashes which broke out nearly two weeks ago and have resulted in nearly 100 deaths, mainly of Palestinians and Arab Israelis - GENEVA (AFP)
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