"Middle East peace process must continue without obstacles" says Hannes Swoboda
The Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament today concluded a two-day high-level conference entitled 'Debate about new paradigms for Israel and Palestine', taking stock of the current situation and developing the options opened up by the recent resumption of peace talks.
Hannes Swoboda, president of the Socialists and Democrats Group, said:
"The conflict, and efforts to find peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, has been at the forefront of world politics for more than half a century. After years of political impasse, the renewal of peace talks now offers new hope following past failures.
"We maintain our clear support for peace, which can only be achieved through frank negotiations between Israel and Palestine. The right of the Palestinian people to have an independent, contiguous, sovereign and viable state of Palestine must be recognised.
"In the dialogue between the Israeli and Palestinian representatives it became clear that there are no insurmountable obstacles. Success depends only on the willingness of the negotiators to find an agreement. Any solution will be a compromise, which must be based on a readiness to live peacefully side-by-side and a mutual respect for inalienable fundamental rights and for equal rights to economic and social progress.
"Europe and the US must make it clear that they will not tolerate either side torpedoing the negotiations with unilateral actions during this delicate period."
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