FM Sharon Denies Reports in "Yediot Ahronot"

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Spokesman)
2 November 1998

The Foreign Minister’s spokesman wishes to clarify that there is no basis to the reports in "Yediot Ahronot" today (Monday) 2.11.98, according to which Foreign Minister Sharon announced that the permanent status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians would take 20 years to complete.

Contrary to the reports, Foreign Minister Sharon has not spoken with political figures on this subject. The Foreign Minister will consult with the prime minister and members of the inner security cabinet on the subjects for discussion in his expected meeting with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright next week.

The Foreign Minister expressed his regret at the publication of these baseless reports.