Response of FM Peres to the decisions of the Arab Summit in Beirut

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson)
March 28, 2002

In response to questions from the press regarding the decision by the Arab Summit in Beirut to adopt the Saudi initiative, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said:

"Israel views positively every initiative aimed at arriving at peace and normalization. In this respect, the Saudi step is an important one, but it is liable to founder if terrorism is not stopped. We cannot, of course, ignore the problematic aspects which arose at the Beirut Summit and the harsh and rejectionist language used by some of the speakers.

It is also clear that the details of every peace plan must be discussed directly between Israel and the Palestinians, and to make this possible, the Palestinian Authority must put an end to terror, the horrifying expression of which we witnessed just last night in Netanya."