FM Livni: “All international activity in the region must be aimed at preventing the extremists from being recognized as legitimate, and this is true for Gaza as well.”

 FM Livni meets with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York

 

FM Livni and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York   (Photo: Reuters)

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Vice Prime Minister and Minster of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni met today (Thursday, 31 July 2008) with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York. With regard to the political process with the Palestinians, FM Livni said: “The Israeli public will be able to continue its support of the process as long as it expresses the interests of the State of Israel.”

Regarding the situation in Lebanon, FM Livni stated that “Even if the situation in southern Lebanon has changed, the smuggling of weapons from Syria to Lebanon requires an immediate response. Syria must understand that it is unacceptable.”

With regard to the situation in the Gaza Strip, FM Livni said that “All international activity in the region must be aimed at preventing the extremists from being recognized as legitimate, and this is true for Gaza as well. The opening of the Rafah crossing must be linked to Gilad Shalit, and if it is opened this must be done in coordination with Palestinian Authority forces in a manner that prevents the strengthening of Hamas.”

In reference to Iran’s candidacy to a seat on the UN Security Council in 2009, FM Livni said that “It is an absurdity to believe that a country that has Security Council sanctions imposed on it because it represents a threat to the world  can become a member of the Security Council.”