Paris Peace Conference Ends With Call for Two-State Solution, Dialogue

The outgoing president Barack Obama has been postponing the implementation of the Act every six months.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is attending the gathering.It declared it will not recognise “unilateral steps that prejudge the outcome of negotiations on final status issues including Jerusalem, borders, security and refugees”. The participants will reaffirm the urgent need to preserve this solution, the viability of which is threatened by continued settlement activity and violence.Both Netanyahu and Abbas say they are open to the idea of bilateral talks but continue to blame each other for the lack of progress in the moribund peace process.A draft of the final communique statement obtained by The Associated Press urges Israel and the Palestinians “to officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution”. “There is no other option”.The meeting constituted a message to Israel “to abide by worldwide law” and “end its military occupation of Palestine” in order to pave the way for peace and stability in the region, Erekat said.Palestinian Authority President Abbas will also press the Pope about his concerns regarding US threats to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem, a move which would not only break worldwide law but threaten to entirely scuttle Palestinian Authority hopes for a two-state settlement.”It’s a tortuous and complicated paragraph to pass a subliminal message to the Trump administration”, the diplomat said.On the sidelines of the conference, Ayrault called Trump’s move a “provocation” and warned about “extremely serious consequences”.”Not only would this move deprive the United States of all legitimacy in playing a role in conflict resolution, it would also destroy the two-state solution”, Abbas said in an interview to Le Figaro newspaper, as citedby AFP.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that Moscow’s ambassador to France Alexander Orlov will represent Russia at this weekend’s Israeli-Palestinian conflict settlement conference.During the election campaign in September, Trump said Jerusalem has been “the eternal capital of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years” and promised to accept it “as the undivided capital of the state of Israel” if elected.Israel continues to build illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian Territories – contrary to the recent United Nations resolution 2334.The French organizers argued the conference was necessary to keep hopes alive for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians – the solution favored by the worldwide community for the past two decades.”The most important priority must be a resumption of direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians for a two-state solution as soon as possible”.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed the Paris meeting as “a rigged conference, rigged by the Palestinians with French auspices to adopt additional anti-Israel stances”. Though he will not attend the conference, he will see French leaders.Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority, which has welcomed the conference and described a “one last chance to achieve peace”, does not plan on sending representatives. “These are the death throes of yesterday’s world. Tomorrow will look different”, Netanyahu said Sunday.Most senior European Union foreign ministers attended, underlining the extent to which Britain may steer a different foreign policy course outside the EU.”With this conference I wanted to inscribe the “two-state solution” on the global agenda”, President Francois Hollande told the gathering.