Statement by Prime Minister Ehud Barak at Opening of Israel-Syria Negotiations

The White House, Washington D.C., December 15, 1999

We came here to put behind us the horrors of war and to step forward toward peace. We are fully aware of the opportunity, of the burden of responsibility and of the fierceness, determination and devotion that will be needed in order begin this march together with our Syrian partners to make a different Middle East where nations are living side by side in peaceful relationships and mutual respect and good-neighborliness. We are determined to do whatever we can to put an end to and to bring about the dreams of children and mothers all around the region to see a better future of the Middle East at the entrance to the new millennium. Thank you very much.