Middle East Peace Process: extracts from the EC Midday press briefing (Michael Mann, Spokesperson)
Première transmission: 29/11/2012
Brussels, Belgium - EC
Fin de production: 29/11/2012
On 29 November, Michael Mann, EC Spokesperson, said on behalf of Catherine Ashton, that Europe has a united position which includes a two-State solution on the Middle East peace process.
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, both living in agreed borders and enjoying peace and security.'
'The EU has repeatedly expressed its support and wish for Palestine to become a full member of the United Nations as part of a solution to the conflict', the Spokesperson added.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Michael Mann, EC Spokesperson: I don't have any comments on the votes because the vote will be tonight. But I will read some part of the declarations to show that we do have a united position on the Middle East peace process which 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 that only a political solution to the conflict can bring 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 sense of 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 President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu and urges them to maintain these commitments. The EU has repeatedly expressed its support and wish for Palestine to become a full
member of the United Nations as part of a solution to the conflict.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Michael Mann: We have discussed this and all I can say it that we remain completely united in seeing a solution which has an end resolve both a State of Palestine and a State of Israel, of course being full member of the United Nations as part of a solution of the conflict.
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