The Madrid Peace Conference was the setting for speeches by Presidents Bush and Gorbachev, the prime minister of Spain, the foreign ministers of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, the head of the Palestinian delegation and the representatives of the European Economic Community and the United Nations. All spoke of the need for peace and of their perceptions how to achieve this noble aspiration. On the second day of the conference, there was room for rebuttal. This was used by Prime Minister Shamir and the heads of the Arab delegations. The Syrian foreign minister chose to be vitriolic. But on the whole, the tone of the speeches was mild and conciliatory. Following are the texts of the speeches made in Madrid.
Madrid Peace Conference Speeches - October 30 - November 1, 1991