Israeli President starts Czech state visit
Israeli President Shimon Peres began a two-day state visit to the Czech Republic on Monday. Mr. Peres said he expected significant progress in solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this year in comments following a meeting with Czech counterpart Václav Klaus. Mr Peres was due later to meet outgoing Prime Minister Mirek Topálanek and former president Václav Havel. He will also visit the Terezín memorial to victims of the Jewish holocaust. The Terezín fortress was used as an assembly camp for Jews before they were sent by the Nazis to their deaths in concentration camps.