Chirac urges Israelis and Palestinans 'compromise'

22nd October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 22 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac on Friday urged Israelis and Palestinians "to accept compromises" to end their decades of violence.

PARIS, Oct 22 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac on Friday urged Israelis and Palestinians "to accept compromises" to end their decades of violence.

Speaking at a function celebrating the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Judaism and Liberty association in France, Chirac said: "I understand the legitimate concern, pain and solidarity that you feel in the face of violence and turmoil."

But the only way that a lasting peace can be established is for "the parties to return to the negotiating table. Because we will not resign ourselves to an impasse," he said.

France intended to play a role in helping bring about a resolution, he said, adding: "Everybody must do their part, keep their promises and accept compromises.

"It's only at that price that, in a future we hope is near, two states - Israel and Palestine - can live peacefully." Chirac's comments followed a three-day trip to Israel by Foreign Minister Michel Barnier organised as part of a bid to restore frayed Franco-Israeli relations.

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