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EU: No Substitute to Two-State Solution

EU: No Substitute to Two-State Solution

Wednesday, 3 July, 2019 - 08:00
Palestinian protesters wave their national flag near the Israel-Gaza border. (Reuters file photo)
Ramallah – Asharq Al-Awsat

The European Union declared on Tuesday that there can be no substitute to the two-state solution in ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Speaking at the annual Herzliya Conference 2019 in Israel, EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process Susanna Terstal said that the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside and Israeli one is the only solution to ending the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Any other solution will be seen as undemocratic and will only increase instability, she added a week after the United States held in Manama a workshop to present the economic aspects of its yet undisclosed peace plan.

The Palestinians boycotted the meeting and have cut contacts with the United States after it recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017. They have rejected the economic workshop and will oppose the US peace plan.

They are instead hoping for EU support to launch an international peace conference that will yield a mechanism to sponsor negotiations.

Terstal added that the EU enjoys good ties with Israel and was looking forward to joint efforts being exerted to resolve the conflict through diplomatic and democratic means.

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