President Peres meets with French FM Fabius
Peres: The time has come for a joint effort to remove all the chemical weapons from Syria. They cannot remain there either in the hands of Assad or of others.
(Communicated by the Office of the President)
Peres, this morning (Sunday, 25 August 2013), at his residence in
Jerusalem, met with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who is
visiting the region in light of the resumption of peace talks in order
to express his support for peace efforts.
welcomed Mr. Fabius to Israel and said, "Your voice has been the
clearest in recent days concerning the situation in Syria and I wish to
express my appreciation for your clarity and courage. There were
terrible things in the past but here is a ruler that kills his people
with the most terrible means and without any consideration. The use of
chemical weapons to kill hundreds of women and children and the cries of
the girl begging her father to come and save her is a cry to which we
cannot remain indifferent.
I can understand the problems and the
doubts but the moral call is superior to any strategic considerations.
The time has come for a joint effort to remove all the chemical weapons
from Syria. They cannot remain there either in the hands of Assad or of
others. In addition to everything else needed to stop this massacre
there must be an international attempt to take out the weapons. It is
very complicated and it is very expensive but it is more dangerous and
more expensive to leave it there. It must be done."
Peres also addressed the developments in the peace talks and said, "In
order to make peace there must be a major effort to overcome skepticism.
The fact is that despite the skepticism negotiations opened and it
wasn't easy for either side. Secretary Kerry played an important role,
the Prime Minister of Israel and his government took a courageous
decision, Abu Mazen took an important decision and his latest comments
The world justifies optimism as well; history is
the march of the optimist. We have to create a positive atmosphere to
encourage the peace process, if I can think of a period of opportunity
to move ahead, it is now. The position of Abu Mazen has improved, he
knows it and it helps him. I think the Prime Minister decided to move
and he moved. Peace is not easy but if we achieve it then we will be
able to turn our attention to the tragic and existential issues of the
Foreign Minister Fabius thanked President Peres for
his welcome and said, "I am here for a short visit as a friend of
Israel, a friend of the Palestinians and a friend of peace. Like you, I
believe the time has come to make peace and I welcome your efforts, the
efforts of Prime Minister Netanyahu, of Abu Mazen and of Secretary of
Peace is within reach, it depends on willingness
and I believe it is there on both sides. So many dramatic things are
taking place in the region – Syria, Lebanon, how under those
circumstances can we make peace? But we must think in the opposite way,
because of those things peace is even more important in the region and
we must make the most of this moment."
Foreign Minister Fabius
addressed the situation in Syria and said, "I have already spoken
clearly about the use of chemical weapons and Assad's regime. We must
respond strongly to these events. All the leaders must reach the
appropriate response but it is unthinkable that once what happened is
proven and those responsible identified there will not be a strong
response by the international community. If the international community
fails to act following the events in Syria then the people of the world
will wonder who can be trusted, on whom can we depend."