Jerusalem, 7 January 2001

PM Barak: Reducing violence and incitement are first goal
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Barak, at the weekly Cabinet meeting today (Sunday), January 7, 2001, commented on Gilead Sher’s series of meetings in Washington and said that reducing the violence and the incitement are the first goal on the road to further clarifying the sides’ response to US President Bill Clinton’s ideas. To this end, representatives of the sides are due to meet today in Cairo, along with US and Egyptian representatives, in an attempt to continue reducing the violence.

Danny Yatom, head of Prime Minister Barak’s diplomatic-security staff, and Cabinet Secretary Yitzhak Herzog visited Moscow, Rome and Oslo last week and meet with senior Russian, Italian, Vatican and Norwegian leaders. Yatom and Herzog updated their interlocutors on the diplomatic and security situations and made it clear to them that the Palestinian Authority must wage an effective war on terrorism and incitement before further contacts can be held.

Yatom and Herzog similarly made it clear that the chances of achieving an agreement with the Palestinians before the end of US President Clinton’s term are very slim given the continuing terrorism and violence and PA Chairman Yasser Arafat’s unclear response to the Americans regarding President Clinton’s ideas.  

 PM Barak- Reducing violence and incitement are first goal-7-Jan-2001
 PM Barak- Reducing violence and incitement are first goal-7-Jan-2001
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