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Norway Foreign Minister urges renewed two-state commitment. Representatives from 75 countries gathered in Paris to discuss peace negotiations between Palestine and Israel, Sunday. Attendees included Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Neither Middle Eastern countries had representatives at the French-led conference. Norway, that mostly facilitated the historic 1993 the Ad-hoc Liason Committee (AHLC) since October of that year, is in support of strengthening the Palestinian institutions and sustaining the Palestinian economy.

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Norway Foreign Minister urges renewed two-state commitment

Published on Tuesday, 17th January, 2017 at 14:36 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

Representatives from 75 countries gathered in Paris to discuss peace negotiations between Palestine and Israel, Sunday.

Norway Foreign Minister Børge Brende
Norway Foreign Minister Børge Brende
Photo: M.B. Haga/Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Attendees included Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. Neither Middle Eastern countries had representatives at the French-led conference.

Norway, that mostly facilitated the historic 1993 the Ad-hoc Liason Committee (AHLC) since October of that year, is in support of strengthening the Palestinian institutions and sustaining the Palestinian economy.

At the conference, Minister Børge Brende acknowledged that “no international mechanism can substitute the responsibility of the parties to resolve the conflict”.

He also called on the international community to assist the peace process players in advancing the two-state solution on the basis of existing agreements and relevant UN resolutions.

“The international community reaffirms that a negotiated two-state solution with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, is the only way to achieve a durable peace,” Minister Brende declared in his address.

“Both parties should restate their commitments to the two-state solution, and take urgent steps in order to reverse current negative trends on the ground, including settlement activity and continued acts of violence, and start meaningful process of direct negotiations,” he added.

Referring to the Oslo Accords (Oslo II was signed in Taba, Egypt, in 1995), the Foreign Minister also termed the parties continuing to resolve other outstanding economic issues and agree on key infrastructure projects as being “crucial”.

“Such a trajectory is consistent with the letter and spirit of the Oslo Accords, and vital for transition towards more authority and stronger financial viability of the PA (Palestinian Authority).”

The conference’s final statement, which the UK refused to sign, asked that Israel withdraw to its 1967 borders – required by United Nations resolutions.

Critics have claimed that the event in France is pointless, as the neither Mahmoud Abbas nor Benjamin Netanyahu would be participating.

Sunday’s conference was held just five days before Donald Trump, whose announced plan of moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem caused the PLO to threaten to revoke its recognition of Israel,  is due to be inaugurated as America’s 45th President.




Published on Tuesday, 17th January, 2017 at 14:36 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

This post has the following tags: france, palestinians, israel, trump, embassy, america, telaviv, president, politics, conflict, paywall.





  
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