UN rights chief to visit Israel, Palestinian territories

4th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories starting on Sunday where she will meet leaders from both sides, her office announced.

Pillay "will visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory from 6 to 11 February 2011," her office said in a statement.

"During her visit, Ms. Pillay will meet officials at the highest level, including Israeli President Shimon Peres, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad," it added.

Israel has traditionally been sharply critical of UN human rights bodies and their criticism of violations in the Palestinian territories, and has refused to cooperate with some of the world body's rights experts.

© 2011 AFP

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