Jerusalem, 26 March 2001

PM Sharon Meets Swiss FM Deiss
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met today (Monday), 26.3.2001, with Swiss Foreign Minister Joseph Deiss.

Prime Minister Sharon raised the issue of the three Israeli soldiers abducted by the Hizbullah last October (Sgt. Adi Avitan, Staff Sgt. Benyamin Avraham and Staff Sgt. Omar Sawaid) as well as Elhanan Tenenboim, and air force navigator Ron Arad (missing since 1986), and stressed the important of this issue to Israel. The Prime Minister asked Switzerland to render all possible assistance on this humanitarian matter.

Prime Minister Sharon emphasized the importance of a balanced and moderate European policy and discussed the possibility that Switzerland might become involved in regional projects.

Prime Minister Sharon asked Foreign Minister Deiss that his government transfer its liaison office to the Palestinian Authority from eastern Jerusalem to within the PA areas, since its present location in the eastern part of the city contravenes the Oslo accords.

Prime Minister Sharon said that while Israel – in accordance with government policy – had eased restrictions on the civilian population and opened roads to workers, the Palestinian response to this gesture has been an upsurge in terrorism and violence. The Prime Minister added that PA Chairman Yasser Arafat can stop both the violence, which forces loyal to him are perpetrating, as well as the incitement, since he controls the Palestinian media.

Prime Minister Sharon presented Foreign Minister Deiss with the main points of his diplomatic plan which is based on long-term interim agreements that take into account both the Palestinians’ needs and the goal of creating regionally-based economic cooperation in the future, but conditioned entry into negotiations on a cessation of Palestinian terrorist actions and violence.

 PM Sharon Meets Swiss FM Deiss-26-Mar-2001
 PM Sharon Meets Swiss FM Deiss-26-Mar-2001
Israelis being held captive by Hizbullah – October 2000