Spain wants Mideast talks to resume this year

15th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Spain supports a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict and wants the two sides to resume peace talks this year, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez met with her Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Malki on Wednesday, during his official visit which ends on Friday.

Jimenez "reiterated Spain's support in favour of a two-state the only path to a global and long-standing peace in the Middle East," a statement said.

"Spain is in favour of a solution under the auspices of the United Nations" and wants the negotiations to resume this year, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said.

The talks have been on hold since September 2010, when they ground to a halt over Israeli settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land.

Jimenez however did not speak on Palestine's bid for a United Nations membership based on 1967 borders, the official said.

The European Union is divided over Palestine's membership in the United Nations. Numerous nations, including France, have said they would vote for and recognise a Palestinian state if talks restart by September.

© 2011 AFP

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