Comments by FM Peres on President Bush’s Speech

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Jerusalem, 26 June 2002

In a statement to the European Union Ambassadors, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said today (June 26) that President George W. Bush’s speech supports important strategic positions, including the unrelenting war on terrorism and the vision of two states for two people, but left open a number of tactical questions.

Foreign Minister Peres added that political dialogue must take place alongside the military action. He expressed the hope that a regional conference will convene in the near future. "If there will be no talks, only guns and bombs will speak."