Abbas: the Paris conference the last chance for middle East settlement
PARIS, January 14. /Offset. TASS Mikhail Timofeev/. Conference on middle East settlement to be held on 15 January in Paris, may be the last chance to settle the Arab-Israeli conflict based on the principle of creating two States – Palestine and Israel. This Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview with the newspaper Le Figaro.
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“The Paris conference may be the last chance for the recognition of Palestine and the implementation of the principle of the existence of two States. We always fought for the right of official recognition of a Palestinian state, and today it has already made 138 countries. The public of other countries calls on the authorities to do the same, in particular in France, the Parliament asked the government to issue such a call. I will raise this issue during upcoming talks with President Francois Hollande,” said Abbas.
To understand what is happening
He noted that “it is necessary to comprehend why numerous States, particularly in Europe, so long are moving towards recognition of a Palestinian state.” “We urge all countries that have recognized the existence of Israel and believe in the principle of creating two States to take this step,” – said the Palestinian leader.
Speaking about the purpose of the upcoming Paris conference, Abbas said that the Palestinian leadership wished, “that it led to the establishment of an international mechanism that includes a “road map” and which is focused on ensuring the negotiation and implementation of agreements aimed at ending the occupation, including of East Jerusalem”. “Such a mechanism should be based on international law, UN resolutions and the principle of two States existing within the 1967 borders,” stressed Abbas.
State for all citizens
Responding to a question from a French journalist expressed relative to the US Secretary of state John Kerry believes that for peace Israel must recognize Palestine as the national home of the Palestinians, and the Palestinians to recognize Israel as the national home of the Jews, Abbas said, “how would the Jews or Muslims in your country reacted to that, if France suddenly declared that defines itself as the state white and Catholic?”
“We believe that States, including Palestine, should exist for all its citizens. Imagine how you would feel if Palestine declared that an Islamic state?” – Abbas said. “We recognized Israel in 1993 in the framework of the Oslo accords. But, of course, Israel is free to declare if he wants to, he defines himself as a Jewish state,” added the Palestinian leader.