The president of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Laura Dupuy Lasserre responded Monday to media reports of Israel's intention to cuts all contacts with the council, saying that if confirmed, it would be "most regrettable."
A senior diplomatic official earlier said that the Foreign Ministry had decided to cut off all contacts with the council. Lasseere, however, said that she had not received official confirmation of Israel's decision, which comes on the heels of the UNHRC vote to send a fact-finding mission to the West Bank to probe the impact of the settlements of Palestinian human rights.
“The Human Rights Council has always valued Israel’s participation, which has included its very constructive role in its Universal Periodic Review,” she added. “Moreover, Israel has on many occasions contributed to the work of the Council, including debates on certain countries in the region, such as Syria, and Libya.”
"I have no doubt that it is in the interest of Israel to cooperate with the Human Rights Council on this investigative mission, not least so that it can explain its own policies and actions to the independent commissioners once they are appointed," she said.
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