Fischer: moderate Arabs must support peace

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9 February 2005, WELLINGTON - The support of moderate Arab states will be needed if the Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire is to bring lasting peace, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said on Wednesday. Fischer was speaking at a press conference at the New Zealand parliament in Wellington during his 40-hour visit, which ends on Thursday. He said the prospects for peace depended on the determination of both sides and he had been particularly impressed by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's speech. "This

9 February 2005

WELLINGTON - The support of moderate Arab states will be needed if the Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire is to bring lasting peace, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said on Wednesday.

Fischer was speaking at a press conference at the New Zealand parliament in Wellington during his 40-hour visit, which ends on Thursday.

He said the prospects for peace depended on the determination of both sides and he had been particularly impressed by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's speech.

"This is a great opportunity to move forward to serious negotiations and it is in the interests of Germany and other European nations that there be peace in the eastern Mediterranean," Fischer said.

He said he had discussed Iran's moves to acquire nuclear weapons with his New Zealand counterpart, Phil Goff, and Prime Minister Helen Clark. It was important that Iran understood that there had to be a diplomatic solution to this problem, he added.

Iran needed trade and economic development and a solution to the nuclear problem would be in Iran's long-term interest.

After the press conference Fischer and Clark signed an agreement which allows co-production films to be treated as national films in both Germany and New Zealand.

Clark said the agreement had the potential to facilitate new projects and employment in the screen production sector.

It followed the success of the film "Whale Rider", which, although not an official co-production between New Zealand and Germany, was financed from both countries.

Goff also announced the removal of an annual 2,000 limit on the number of young Germans permitted to come to New Zealand on working holidays. This matched the policy in Germany where no limit is imposed on the entry of young New Zealanders.

Fisher attended an official dinner at the Prime Minister's residence in the evening and leaves Wellington for Australia on Thursday.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

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