The EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process visits EUPOL COPPS

Today, the European Union Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, Ms Susanna Terstal was warmly welcomed by the Head of Mission, Mr. Kauko Aaltomaa to the Mission’s Headquarters in Ramallah.

During her visit to EUPOL COPPS Headquarters, the EU Special Representative was briefed on the situation and the recent events in the West Bank, as well as the Mission’s activities in the fields of police, Rule of Law and Human Rights.

Ms Terstal and her two political advisers exchanged views with members of the Mission’s Senior Management on the future of the negotiation process as well as the relationship between the EUSR and EUPOL COPPS.

During the visit, Ms Terstal underlined the Mission’s significant role in the EU’s effort to build the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice institutions of the Palestinian State and conveyed her thanks and appreciation to the Mission Members.

The tasks of the Special Representative are to contribute to actions and initiatives leading to a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two-state solution. In this capacity, she facilitates and maintains close contacts with all parties to the peace process, political actors, other countries, as well as the UN and other international organisations, in order to work with them on strengthening the peace process.

Ms Terstal was appointed to EU Special Representative in September 2018 and was previously Ambassador of the Netherlands to Iran. She has also been the Dutch Ambassador to Angola. She joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in 1994 and has held a number of positions in the ministry's legal department. She was also Deputy Head of Mission at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the UN in Geneva.

Photo (From left): Human Rights Expert Jeff Hoppenbrouwers, Deputy Head of Police Advisory Section Robert Urek, Deputy Head of Mission Katja Dominik, Head of Mission Kauko Aaltomaa, the European Union Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, Ms Susanna Terstal, Deputy Head of Rule of Law Section Märit Bergendahl, Willem Molenaar and Manuel Bufalafrom from the EUSR team and Political Advisor Alexis Vahlas.