Extracts from the EC Midday press briefing by Michael Mann, Spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, on Middle East Peace Process

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-075473   Duration: 10:02:30  Lieu:
End production: 29/11/2012   First transmission: 29/11/2012
On 29 November 2012, Michael Mann, Spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, gave a statement on the Middle East Peace Process at the European Commission. On this occasion, he stated that a political solution can be achieved on the basis of a two-State solution with the State of Israel and a sovereign, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 General view of the speakers at the Middle East Peace Process conference in Brussels 00:00:04
10:00:09 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:00:13 Soundbite by Michael Mann, Spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, (in FRENCH) saying that he doesn't have any comments on the votes because the vote will be tonight. But he will read some part of the declarations in English. member of the United Nations as part of a solution to the conflict. 00:00:15
10:00:28 Soundbite by Michael Mann (in ENGLISH): I will read certain parts of this just to give you a flavour of the fact that we do have a completely united position on the Middle East Peace Process and this has just been agreed by the 27 Member States and issued by the High Representative on behalf on the 27 a few minutes ago. It says among other things that only a political solution to the conflict can bring lasting security, peace and prosperity to Palestinians and Israelis, a comprehensive negotiated peace which is a fundamental interest of the EU, as well as the parties in the Regions must and can be achieved on the basis of a two-State solution with the States of Israel and a sovereign, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine, both living in agreed borders and enjoying peace and security. Looking ahead after today's vote, it is important for all parties and actors involved to work towards a settlement of the conflict with renewed purpose and urgency. The European Union urges both sides to seek constructive ways to overcome the current obstacles for a resumption of direct negotiations without delay or preconditions. It welcomes in this regard the positive statements previously made by Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, and Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, and urges them to maintain these commitments. It also says that the EU has repeatedly expressed its support unanimously and wishes for Palestine to become a full member of the United Nations as part of a solution to the conflict. 00:01:41
10:02:10 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:02:14 Soundbite by Michael Mann (in ENGLISH): We have discussed this and all I can say it that we remain completely united in seeing the solution of this problem which has as an end result both a State of Palestine and a State of Israel, of course being full members of the United Nations as part of a solution of the conflict. 00:00:15
10:02:30 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
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