Jerusalem, 24 July 2001

PM Sharon meets with EU representative Solana
(Communicated by the Director of the Prime Minister’s Office Press and Information Division)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met today (Tuesday), 24.7.2001, in his Jerusalem office, with European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana.

Throughout the meeting, which was held in a good atmosphere, Prime Minister Sharon made it clear that the implementation of the Mitchell report and the Tenet cease-fire document that Israel is obligated to can only begin after the complete cessation of violence, terrorism and incitement.

In response to a question on when the countdown for the seven-day testing period for the cease-fire could begin, Prime Minister Sharon replied that the countdown will begin only when there is complete quiet.

Prime Minister Sharon emphasized that Israel is united in its determined position not conduct negotiations under fire and terrorism.

Prime Minister Sharon said that the European Union member countries could contribute towards a relaxation of the situation and advance the process if they would exercise unrelenting pressure on Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat to take all measures necessary for a complete cease-fire.

The issue of observers was not raised.