FM Peres speaks with Danish FM Moller

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
20 September 2002

Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller spoke by telephone with Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and expressed condolences at the murder of the Israeli citizens. The Danish Minister, who currently serves as rotating President of the EU, expressed deep disappointment at the situation which has been created following the successful meeting of the Quartet, and wondered whether Arafat is capable of ruling when his freedom of movement is limited. He added that Israel’s obsession with Arafat will thwart such reform measures as the appointment of a Palestinian government.

Foreign Minister Peres said that there continue to be many warnings of terrorist attacks. There are wanted terrorists in the Moukata compound in Ramallah, who will be brought to trial if they surrender. Peres added that Israel enjoyed 40 days of relative quiet only because of the IDF presence in the Palestinian cities. If the Palestinians will take a truly responsible position in these areas, Israel will be able to leave.