Palestinian State is Vital for Middle East Stability, Says France

NEW YORK, April 23, 2015 (WAFA) – France reaffirmed its commitment to the two-state solution and support to a new political perspective leading to the creation of a Palestinian State alongside Israel.

In a statement by Francois Delattre, Permanent Representative of France at the United Nations,

France noted that the two-state solution is about to disappear and ongoing illegal settlement activities compromise the viability of a Palestinian State on the field.

Delattre said that the political vacancy increases the risk of an explosion, claiming that in Israel as well as in Palestine, public opinions are radicalizing and the number of those in favor of a two-state solution is decreasing.

The urgency is to break the downward spiral we are witnessing, he said.

“It is in no one’s interest to see an end to the security coordination or the dissolution of the Palestinian Authority in which we invested so much, and the start of a diplomatic guerilla in the international institutions. With the latent risk of an explosion of violence, we cannot act as if these risks did not exist.”

Delattre said that France believes “only a reinforced and renewed international accompaniment can allow the parties to firmly commit on the demanding way of peace.”

He said that the international community has two options: either “managing” the crisis with piecemeal solutions, while hoping that the level of violence will be contained and waiting for better days to deal with the root causes of the problem, or acting.

Delattre said it is France’s responsibility as a member of the Security Council to contribute to the stability of the Middle-East. “The choice of action must create, according to us, a link between two specific elements.”

He added, there will not be any Palestinian State and, thereby, peace in the Middle-East without a reinforced and collective commitment from the international community.