PM Sharon to King Abdallah: Israel will conduct diplomatic talks only after violence has ceased; PA must carry out counter-terrorist policy
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon spoke today (Sunday), April 29, 2001, with Jordanian King Abdallah II and told him that the Israeli government will conduct diplomatic negotiations after the violence has ceased, adding that it will not hold diplomatic talks under fire. The Prime Minister stressed that there must be a complete halt to terrorism of all kinds.
Prime Minister Sharon spoke of the need for a testing period for the cessation of the violence to be set in accordance with conditions on the ground. The Prime Minister said that the situation on the ground is intolerable and, except for words, the Palestinian Authority is not doing anything serious. He added that he views the Palestinian Authority as responsible for carrying out counter-terrorism in accordance with its signed international commitments and repeated assurances. The Prime Minister emphasized that his first obligation is to the security of Israeli citizens and said that if the Palestinian Authority does not act to halt the violence, Israel will be obliged to do so without, however, intending to escalate the situation.
Prime Minister Sharon stressed both the importance of relations with Jordan and the Hashemite kingdom’s major contribution towards maintaining regional stability.
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