FM Peres: Mitchell Report Fair and Balanced

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
May 6, 2001

Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres stated today (6 May) that the report of the Mitchell Committee is a document of great importance. For the first time, it has been established that a settlement cannot be forced upon the parties, and that it requires the consent of both sides. The document states that the Palestinians must cease the gunfire and the violence, and that after this is done, the two parties should carry out confidence building measures in order to facilitate efforts towards the implementation of the agreements they have signed.

Minister Peres also stressed that, for the first time, it has been determined in an international document that the riots did not break-out as the result of the visit by Mr. Ariel Sharon to the Temple Mount.

In conclusion, Mr. Peres stated, the report is a fair and balanced document.