Jerusalem, 15 May 1995

PERES PARTICIPATES IN CEREMONY TO MARK 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF SWEDISH

EFFORTS TO SAVE JEWS

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres participated yesterday (Sunday), 14.05.95, in a conference to mark the 50th anniversary of Sweden’s efforts to save Jews during World War II, and in memory of Count Folke Bernadotte, which was held at the Tel Aviv Museum. Sweden was represented by its Deputy Prime Minister and Count Bernadotte’s son. In his speech, Foreign Minister Peres thanked the Swedish people, their government, the Swedish Red Cross, and Count Bernadotte for their active role in saving Jews, and in bringing more than 10,000 death camp survivors to Sweden for medical care, in the operation known as "the White Busses."

With regard to the issue of terrorism, Mr. Peres said that, "We condemn terrorism in all its forms, whether as a means to achieve political goals, or as a way of expressing different opinions. Terrorism increases conflicts and violence, and harms the innocent in societies and communities, without any justification. Terrorism prevents dialogue, and dialogue is the only way to resolve conflicts and ensure a better future for the coming generations."

The Foreign Minister also commented on the murder of Count Bernadotte and said that, "on behalf of the Israeli Government, we say to the Swedish people and government that we deeply and unequivocally condemn the murder of Count Bernadotte, which occurred approximately four months after Israel received its independence, and we hope that this ceremony, in the presence of members of his family, will assist in healing the wound and bring this tragic incident to a close."