Reaction of FM Peres to seizing of the Karine A

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
January 4, 2002

Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said that the seizing of the ship is an important turning point for the Palestinian Authority in making the choice. "They cannot continue playing the game. They have to make a strategic decision whether they support terrorism or they are against it." Since the ship was carrying Iranian weapons, Foreign Minister Peres will next week call upon the leaders of the international community to declare Iran as a terror-supporting state.