Ex-pm of Peru Believes Mideast Settlement Now Possible

Gen. (Ret.) Eduardo Mercado Jarrin, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Peru, believes that because Israel presently enjoys military superiority and the Arab states are superior in the political sphere, there is an opportunity to achieve a peaceful settlement of the Middle East conflict. Jarrin made his remarks in an address to the Jewish Association, the representative body of Peruvian Jewry. He said that while military options cannot be ruled out, he hoped that statesmanship will prevail against the opportunistic acts of politicians. He expressed the opinion that Jerusalem should remain a unified city and that the UN General Assembly resolution equating Zionism with racism was a regrettable mistake.

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