PM Barak Meets Russian FM Ivanov
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Ehud Barak met this morning (Thursday), 16.11.2000, with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and asked him to unequivocally demand that Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat halt the violence and incitement immediately. The Prime Minister said that instead of proceeding towards an agreement with Israel which would lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state, Chairman Arafat has chosen the path of violence which endangers regional stability and the interests of the international community.
Prime Minister Barak emphasized that Israel would be unable to remain indifferent to the risks that would stem from a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood and would be compelled to take steps to protect its interests.
Foreign Minister Ivanov expressed his concern that continued escalation would be liable to bring about a regional deterioration and stressed his support for a continuation of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations under US auspices. He added that Russia would not support a decision on the issue of international observers that goes against the Israeli position.
The two men agreed that Russian President Vladimir Putin would make an official visit to Israel next year and decided to deepen links between their respective countries’ national security councils.
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