Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Council conclusions on Middles East peace process: EU to provide unprecedented package to parties if an agreement is reached

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels today have adopted Conclusions on the Middle East Peace process, stating that the EU will provide an unprecedented package of political, economic and security support to both parties in the context of a final status agreement. 

“In the event of a final peace agreement, the European Union will offer Israel and the future state of Palestine a Special Privileged Partnership including increased access to the European markets, closer cultural and scientific links, facilitation of trade and investments as well as promotion of business to business relations. Enhanced political dialogue and security cooperation will also be offered to both states,” said the Conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council.

The Conclusions reiterated the EU’s full support to the efforts of the parties and of the United States towards a just and lasting settlement for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to a two-state solution fulfilling the legitimate aspirations of both parties

The Council warned against actions that undermine the negotiations and deplored Israel's continuous expansion of settlements, which it described as “illegal under international law and constitute an obstacle to peace”. The Council also expressed its grave concern regarding incitement, incidents of violence in the occupied territory, house demolitions and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, and actions that undermine the status quo of the holy sites, including in Jerusalem.

The Council conclusions reaffirmed that the EU “stands firmly behind President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu in their efforts to take bold and concrete steps towards a just and lasting solution to the conflict within the agreed timeframe.” 

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Council conclusions on Middles East peace process: EU to provide unprecedented package to parties if an agreement is reached

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels today have adopted Conclusions on the Middle East Peace process, stating that the EU will provide an unprecedented package of political, economic and security support to both parties in the context of a final status agreement. 

“In the event of a final peace agreement, the European Union will offer Israel and the future state of Palestine a Special Privileged Partnership including increased access to the European markets, closer cultural and scientific links, facilitation of trade and investments as well as promotion of business to business relations. Enhanced political dialogue and security cooperation will also be offered to both states,” said the Conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council.

The Conclusions reiterated the EU’s full support to the efforts of the parties and of the United States towards a just and lasting settlement for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to a two-state solution fulfilling the legitimate aspirations of both parties

The Council warned against actions that undermine the negotiations and deplored Israel's continuous expansion of settlements, which it described as “illegal under international law and constitute an obstacle to peace”. The Council also expressed its grave concern regarding incitement, incidents of violence in the occupied territory, house demolitions and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, and actions that undermine the status quo of the holy sites, including in Jerusalem.

The Council conclusions reaffirmed that the EU “stands firmly behind President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu in their efforts to take bold and concrete steps towards a just and lasting solution to the conflict within the agreed timeframe.” 

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