Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom met today in Dublin with the President-in-Office of the EU and Irish Foreign Minister Brian Cowen. FM Shalom updated his colleague on Prime Minister Sharon’s disengagement plan.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Media Adviser)
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom met today in Dublin with the President-in-Office of the EU and Irish Foreign Minister Brian Cowen. Foreign Minister Shalom updated his colleague on Prime Minister Sharon’s disengagement plan.
Foreign Minister Cowen inquired regarding Israel’s position on the introduction of an international force into Gaza in the event that Israel should implement the disengagement plan, and said that Europe is opposed to measures not based on the Road Map.
Foreign Minister Shalom said that he is opposed to the introduction of an international force, which would lead to the internationalization of the conflict and prevent Israel from pursuing terrorists. He added that Europe should increase pressure on the Palestinians to return to negotiations after the conclusion of the "carnival" in The Hague. Abu Ala must return to the negotiating table without preconditions. The solution for the Palestinians will be achieved only through direct negotiations, and not in the courts.
With regard to Iran, Foreign Minister Shalom said that the recent elections there only prove that those who believe that Iran has embarked on the road towards change are mistaken. Iran remains a dictatorship that seeks to obtain weapons of mass destruction. The world must continue to oppose the arming of Iran, which constitutes a threat to world peace.