EU envoy: 'Desperation' in EU over lack of Mideast diplomatic progress

There is growing desperation among EU countries about the lack of diplomatic progress between Israel and the Palestinians, EU's ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen said Thursday.
According to a communique put out by Haifa University, where Faaborg-Andersen spoke to commemorate Europe Day, the envoy said that while it was clear that the Palestinians also bear responsibility for progress or a freeze in the process, the EU cannot accept steps – such as construction in the settlements – that move the situation “backward.
Along with his comments about the impatience in the EU with the lack of progress in the diplomatic process, the envoy added that “any agreement must reflect Israel's security interests.”
The ambassador said the EU was in favor of dialogue with Israel, and opposed to its isolation, and said it expected the new government to move the diplomatic process forward.
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