Peres: Even Russia fears nuclear arms in Chechnya

Monday, November 06, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
In a meeting with Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres said that “the problems of Israel have become the problems of the entire world, most of all the nuclear arms race and its dissemination throughout extremist countries who support terror, global terror and religious fundamentalism.”

Peres added that even Russia understands that the time will come when nuclear arms will get to Chechnya and therefore there is a need to act today, and not to wait a number of years until there is no chance to go back. He said that in order for the international community to act effectively, it must be united and act decisively and harshly against those rogue states and terror groups who endanger peace, and Iran first and foremost.

On the Palestinian issue, Peres said that Israel was ready, and is ready today, to go towards the Palestinian people and to conduct significant and painful steps to advance peace, but there is no way of signing a peace agreement when the street, the leadership, and the army are divided and there is no central factor who takes responsibility and controls the situation. Hamas prefers shooting rockets at the Negev without reason instead of caring for itself, Peres said.

The Serbian Foreign Minister praised the meeting and said that Serbia is very interested in strengthening its relations with Israel. He added that he had fulfilled a dream as the first Serbian Foreign Minister to arrive in Israel since their independence. The Serbian minister also met with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and signed two agreements regarding mutual consultations between the Foreign Ministries of both countries.

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