Norwegian Foreign Minister: Palestine is in a Critical Phase

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OSLO, September 23, 2014 (WAFA) – The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Borge Brende, said on Tuesday that the Palestinian issue is in a critical phase and that the upcoming months will be crucial with regard to the political and economic developments in Palestine.

During a speech to the Ad-Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) meeting in New York, Brende said that the donor countries should provide the necessary fund needed for rebuilding Gaza, adding that easing the imposed restrictions will ensure a viable state of Palestine.

He warned Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the donor countries of the consequences of the peace impasse and the continuing isolation of Gaza, saying time has come for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state living side by side with Israel in peace and security.

He called on the Palestinian and Israeli leaders to utilize the time of preparing for the donor conference, which will take place on October 12 in Cairo, to create tangible results. “The current situation in Palestine and Israel is unacceptable … achieving stability in Gaza requires Israel to allow the Palestinians to reach the areas under full Israeli control in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,” he said.

“If that does not happen, the conflict may break out once again.”


Source: WAFA