U.N. Mideast envoy received cash from Isreal for
brokering the Oslo Agreement in 1993. Nine years later, due to his
criticism of the Jenin massacre, the israelis leaked the story:
Questions Envoy's Prize Money
April 29 2002
By DOUG MELLGREN,
Associated Press Writer
OSLO, Norway (AP) - U.N. Mideast envoy Terje Roed-Larsen, who
criticized Israel's recent assault on the Jenin refugee camp, failed
to inform the Norwegian Foreign Ministry of a $100,000 Israeli peace
prize received in 1999, officials said Monday.
Roed-Larsen, and his wife, Mona Juul, received the prize three
years ago from the Israeli-based Shimon Peres Center as recognition
of their key role in peace talks that led to a now-stalled 1993
peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis.
"It is the foreign ministry's opinion that ... (the couple)
violated public service regulations," the ministry said in
a news release. "The main reason for that is that they failed
to inform their employer about the cash prize."
The ministry began an investigation last week after reports about
the prize surfaced in the Israeli media. Israel has taken angry
exception to Roed-Larsen's description of the destruction of the
Jenin camp during eight days in April as "horrifying beyond
The couple were criticized for failing to formally inform the foreign
ministry, which employed both of them at the time, of the 1999 prize
even though Norwegian diplomats had been present at their awards
ceremony in Israel.
The Norwegian news media reported that no action can be taken against
Roed-Larsen because he is no longer a public servant but works for
the United Nations, but that Juul, as Norwegian ambassador to Israel,
is likely to face a mild reprimand.
Foreign ministry spokesman Karsten Klepsvik declined to say how
the ministry might respond.
Roed-Larsen and Juul both said they thought news reports and the
presence of the Norwegian diplomats at the ceremony was enough.
"I apologize if I broke the foreign ministry's information
rules," Roed-Larsen said in an interview with Norwegian state
broadcast network NRK on Monday. "We have never tried to keep
the prizes a secret."
Peres shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with then-Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin (news - web sites) and Palestinian leader
Yasser Arafat (news - web sites) for the peace accord partly brokered
by Roed-Larsen and Juul.