PARIS, August 28, 2014 (WAFA) – French President Francois Hollande called on Thursday upon the European countries to play a more active role in advancing a settlement to the Palestinian Israeli conflict, saying Europe cannot only be a ‘fund’ to rebuild Palestine after every war.
“Peace should take place as soon as possible. All [sides] know the conditions to achieve this; the establishment of a viable democratic State of Palestine living side by side with the State of Israel,” said Hollande during a speech he delivered at the annual conference of ambassadors at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
He said despite the U.S. decisive role in putting an end to the conflict, the European role is also just as important, adding that Europe should act more vigorously in this regard.
“Europe is doing a lot to rebuild and develop Palestine. However, it should not be merely a ‘fund’ that is sought to heal the injuries of a frequent conflict.”
“The most urgent matter now is consolidating the ceasefire that has been negotiated in Cairo. The siege should be gradually lifted and Gaza should be disarmed.” Hollande noted that France has submitted proposals for the opening of crossing points between Gaza, Egypt, and Israel.