Foreign Minister Shimon Peres
September 12, 2001
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres today suggested that
NATO, together with the armed forces of Russia and additional states, be formed
into an international task force for fighting terrorism. According to the Foreign
Minister, there are international armed forces designed for fighting enemies
who no longer exist, and they should be converted to the fight against the dangers
threatening civilization. These forces are prepared and equipped and their conversion
will save time and money. This task force should form a strategy for combatting
terrorism and terrorists, while emphasizing suicide terrorism.
Foreign Minister Peres also called on all the world's religious leaders - Christians,
Muslims and Jews - to strongly condemn the phenomenon of suicide bombers and
act with determination against them.