FM Peres Meets with Terje Larsen and Miguel Moratinos

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
January 22, 2002

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres met today (January 22) in his Tel Aviv office with the UN Special Envoy to the Middle East, Terje Larsen, and the EU Special Envoy to the Middle East, Miguel Moratinos.

Peres stated that the Palestinians have to decide immediately whether the Tanzim militias (an organ of Arafat’s Fatah PLO faction) are bound by the Palestinian Authority, and whether they will halt the terrorism against Israel. If the Tanzim do not accept its authority, then the PA must take action against the Tanzim militias, outlaw the organization and arrests its members.