EU’s Council says Negotiations should lead to Tangible, Timely Progress

BRUSSELS, July 22, 2013 (WAFA) – The European Union foreign ministers council said Monday that the upcoming Palestinian-Israeli negotiations should lead to tangible and timely progress.

The foreign ministers approved a draft resolution on the Middle East conflict welcoming the decision to resume negotiations announced by US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday, describing it as “a crucial step towards achieving a lasting resolution to the conflict.”

The resolution said, “Once negotiations resume, they should lead to tangible and timely progress,” urging “all parties to refrain from actions which could undermine the negotiation process and the prospects of peace.”

The resolution recalled previous Council resolutions which laid down its vision for the two-state solution.

It said that the two-state solution should result in an agreement on all final status issues, including Jerusalem, borders, security, water and refugees, end all claims and fulfill “the legitimate aspirations of both parties with the state of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, sovereign and viable state of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security and mutual recognition.”

The resolution said the EU “will continue to address all issues that put the viability of the two-state solution at risk.

It said “the European Union will give active and concrete support to help ensure negotiations between the parties are successful, including through support to any international arrangements aimed at underpinning a peace agreement.”

It added that “If an agreement to finally end this conflict were reached, the door would open to deepened and enhanced cooperation between the European Union and all the countries of the region, contributing to the prospect of a new era of peace, security and prosperity.

source : WAFA NEWS