Israel's Shimon Peres: Peace will prevail over terrorism

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Posted: Mar 25, 2016 1:55 PM
Israel's Shimon Peres: Peace will prevail over terrorism

PARIS (AP) — The world's "family of peace" will prevail over terrorism, former Israeli President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres said Friday.

The 92-year-old statesman capped a two-day visit to Paris with a meeting with French President Francois Hollande, who said despite arrests in the extremists' attacks in Paris and Brussels "there is still a threat looming."

"We are all in the same family of peace and humanity. We're in the same struggle against terror," said Peres, whose Peres Center for Peace works on peace education and intercultural understanding.

He added "there is no doubt that the majority of people is against terror and for peace and the terrorists are a minority."

Peres visited UNESCO, the U.N. cultural arm, earlier Friday to promote peace as Europe reels from attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation with the Peres Center for Peace. In a frail voice, Peres said democracy means that everyone has "the equal right to be different" and that to move forward people shouldn't cling to the past.

Peres met with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls Thursday, saying that Israel could lend Europe its technical expertise in the fight against extremism.