Chirac, Peres Hope for Success of Peace Talks in Washington
French President Jacques Chirac and former Israeli premier Shimon Peres held talks in Paris Monday, and expressed the hope that US sponsored peace talks this week would lead to a truce between Israel and the Palestinians.
"We don't have much time left," Peres said in a reference to the approaching end of US President Bill Clinton's term in office. "This is pushing us to make a serious effort to save the situation."
Chirac, for his part, called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to end the bloodletting and pursue peace efforts. "France will not resign itself to a stop in the peace process," Chirac's spokeswoman said.
Peres arrived in Paris at the weekend to attend the inauguration of a Paris garden dedicated to the late Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.
He later had talks with Prime Minister Lionel Jospin - PARIS (AFP)
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