Int'l community warns against peace failure between Palestinians, Israelis

PARIS, June 3 (KUNA) — Foreign ministers participating in a French-led Middle East peace conference warned on Friday against Israel’s continued settlement activity and tension which “jeopardize the peace process”, affirming their support to find a fair and comprehensive solution to the conflict.
In a final communique, they said the two-state solution based on negotiations is the only way for achieving a permanent peace and helping the two sides live side by side in peace.
Ministers said they were “alarmed that actions on the ground, particularly continued acts of violence and ongoing settlement, are dangerously imperiling the prospects for the two-state solution”.
The communique urged Palestine and Israel to abide by the two-state solution so as to rebuild confidence and create conditions for ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories based on 1967 borders and all pending issues in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338, and implementing the Arab peace initiative.
Conferees welcomed the key role of the Middle East Quartet and French initiative to hold an international conference, with the participation of Palestine and Israel by the end of year.
In a press statement after concluding the conference, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault cautioned against the slowness in solving the conflict, calling for taking urgent steps to maintain the two-state solution, before it’s too late.
Meanwhile, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said the Arab initiative recognizes Israel in exchange for a comprehensive peace settlement. He added that there was no amendment to the initiative.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini called on the international community to ensure the success of the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.
She said the latest regional developments and expansion of settlements “refer obviously to a possible failure of the Oslo Accords”.
Representatives of about 30 countries, as well as the UN and the Arab League took part in the conference aimed to revive the Mideast peace process. (Pick up previous)