FM Peres meets with ICRC President Kellenberger

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
7 October 2002

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres met today (October 7) with the President of the International Red Cross, Jacob Kellenberger. The two discussed the humanitarian situation in the territories.

Foreign Minister Peres noted that Israel is very interested in improving the conditions of residents of the territories. Although fully aware of the situation there, Israel is operating under a very difficult dilemma, as every easing of curfews and travel restrictions is followed by terrorist attacks against Israel.

Mr. Kellenberger said that he is aware of Israel’s security needs, but noted that the ICRC feels that Israel can and should do more in this area.

Foreign Minister Peres raised the subject of the Israeli MIAs in Lebanon and the kidnapped civilian Elhanan Tenenboim. The ICRC president said that his organization is making great efforts in this matter but, unfortunately, without results to date.