The Jerusalem Post annual conference: 7 Israeli ministers will meet you there!
Luxembourg FM to Peres: Abbas genuinely wants peace
By
March 25, 2014 01:48
To reach a solution, courageous decisions have to be made, Asselborn said.
Abbas

Abbas returns to Ramallah from US. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas genuinely wants to reach a solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, Luxembourg’s visiting Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn told President Shimon Peres at Kfar Hamaccabiah in Ramat Gan on Monday.

Following meetings with the Palestinian Authority’s President Mahmoud Abbas and Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki in Ramallah on Saturday, Asselborn told Peres he now understands how critical the current period is to both sides in the peace negotiations.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Asselborn who also went to the Gaza Strip, updated Peres on his meetings with the Palestinian leadership and declared that the peace process must continue until the conflict is resolved, and there are two states for two peoples.

To reach a solution, courageous decisions have to be made, Asselborn said. He underscored that a freeze on settlement construction would benefit the peace process.

In Ramallah, Asselborn emphasized Luxembourg’s support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital.

“Israel has to completely cease the settlement policy as the settlements are illegal according to international law,” he told reporters.

He called for Israel to lift the “siege” on the Gaza Strip and to reopen border crossings given the dire humanitarian conditions he saw there.

In his conversation with Peres, Asselborn said he was aware of the importance of Israel’s security needs, but hoped a way could be found to maintain security while improving the quality of life for the citizens of Gaza.

Peres said Europe could help the peace process by standing on the side of peace and against those who fire rockets at innocent civilians.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Israel
  • diplomacy
  • israel palestinian negotiations
  • two state solution
  • Prev Article
    75% of Palestinians: Chances for state in 5 years ‘nonexistent’
    Parkour Jerusalem
    Silvan Shalom (center) November 12, 2013
    Allegations rock presidential race
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    August 31, 2014
    Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

    By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 13 - 25
      Beer Sheva
      14 - 22
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 15 - 22
      Jerusalem
      15 - 23
      Haifa
    • 16 - 31
      Elat
      13 - 25
      Tiberias