|FM Ben-Ami Discusses Events with his Counterparts|
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami spoke yesterday with a number of his counterparts: Secretary of State Albright, Russian Foreign Minister Ivanov, French Foreign Minister Vedrin, Jamaican Foreign Minister Robertson and National Security Adviser Berger.
The Foreign Minister emphasized that in spite of Israel’s sincere and intensive efforts to end the violence, the violence is continuing. Minister Ben-Ami stressed that the Palestinian Authority is responsible for the violence, and that it is either unwilling to end it or is unable to control it.
The Foreign Minister’s position was understood by his counterparts. Ben-Ami stated that Israel is opposed to resolving the dispute through international intervention, and does not agree to the deployment of an international observer force, as recently proposed by the Palestinians at the UN.
In his discussions with his counterparts, the Foreign Minister added that the UN has to decide whether it wants to go back to the 1970’s when it served as a hostile platform against Israel, or whether it wants to be a constructive organization advancing the cause of peace.