Barak Responds to Meretz Initiative, Promises Peres Leading Role in Peace Process

Published December 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday that he is prepared to give Regional Cooperation Minister Shimon Peres a leading role in the peace process following Meretz's announcement that it was working towards arranging a partnership between the two Labor party members, reported The Jerusalem Post newspaper.  

Meretz leader Yossi Sarid recommended that Barak and Peres join forces to lead the "peace camp."  

"Peres should take a position of leadership alongside Barak. A formula to this effect should be worked out and accepted by both sides," he said.  

"The side which does not accept this will not receive Meretz's support," he said.  

Barak said he was prepared to have Peres participate in the peace process - starting immediately. Peres would have a senior role in keeping with his experience and status, Barak said.  

Peres, the 77-year-old former Labor leader, officially announced late Wednesday that he intends to run for the nation's top job, setting the stage for a three-way clash with Barak and Likud Leader Ariel Sharon. 

Peres needs to win the support of at least 10 MPs to be eligible. Meretz has the required number that may enable Peres to run for the premiership --  





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