PM Sharon: We Must Keep Our Word; Outposts Are Independent Of Peace Process
Sharon told U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell that Israel is willing to transfer, for P.A. security control, any area the P.A. chooses - on condition that it truly acts to thwart terrorism.
First Publish: 6/22/2003, 6:38 PM
Prime Minister Sharon summarized this morning his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. He told Powell that Israel is willing to transfer, for P.A. security control, any area the P.A. chooses - on condition that it truly acts to thwart terrorism. "A cease-fire can only be quick and short, part of a comprehensive process - but not a substitute for a real war on terrorism, including the dismantling of organizations, the confiscation of illegal weapons to be given to a third party, and a stop to incitement." Sharon said that he emphasized to Powell the matter of incitement, and that it must be stopped immediately, regardless of the lack of progress in other areas.
The Prime Minister said that if the PA assumes responsibility, but takes no action, Israel will act - as it will in the case of "ticking time bombs (imminent attacks)." He said, "Of course there will be supervision over us, but this is what we made clear that we would do."
Sharon also related to the dismantling of Yesha outposts: "It's not related to the diplomatic process. We took upon ourselves an obligation, and we must keep our word, especially towards the U.S. - even if nothing happens on the Palestinian side."