France: Solution to Mideast conflict to be brought before UN Security Council

President Hollande says a resolution will be presented to the UNSC that will say very clearly what we expect from the peace process and what the solution to the conflict must be.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
September 20, 2014 00:05
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PA President Mahmoud Abbas and French President Francois Hollande, Paris September 19, 2014.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas and French President Francois Hollande, Paris September 19, 2014. . (photo credit: REUTERS)

A solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians will be outlined in a UN Security Council resolution, French President Francois Hollande said on Friday evening.

"We will have a resolution, to be presented to the Security Council, that will say very clearly what we expect from the (peace) process and what the solution to the conflict must be," Hollande told reporters in a joint news conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, AFP reported. 

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Hollande said that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations had gone on "too long" and "there is a perception that there will never be a solution to end the  conflict, even though we know the outlines" of a possible deal," AFP reported. 

The French President also pledged France's support to contribute to the reconstruction of Gaza following the hostilities that raged between the Hamas controlled coastal territory and Israel this summer.

Abbas highlighted the potential diplomatic benefits that would accrue to Israel if it accepted the Arab Peace Initiative. 

"The Arab Peace Initiative states that all of the Arabic and Muslim countries are ready to establish normal relations with Israel, immediate normalization of relations with Israel. The Arab and Muslim states, 57 of them, can immediately recognize Israel and in return Israel withdraws from the Arab occupied territories."

"We are completely determined to move forward to take the rights in favour of our people within the framework of the political process and enlarged international discussions to put an end to the Israeli occupation of territories of the Palestinian state within a precise deadline. The moment has come to stop the policy that wants to create a fait accompli - the policy of Apartheid, established by Israel and equally the colonization and the confiscation of land in the West Bank and including East Jerusalem."


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