France backs 'moderate' Israel settler resolution

20th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

France will vote for a UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements drafted by Arab states if it is moderate and does not prevent the resumption of peace talks, its foreign minister said Thursday.

"I have spoken about the resolution with my interlocutors," Michele Alliot-Marie said on the first day of a four-day tour of Israel, the Palestinian territories, Egypt and Jordan.

"If this resolution is moderate and if it does not block the resumption of (peace) negotiations, we will certainly vote for it," she told journalists.

Direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been on hold since September 26, when a 10-month freeze on Jewish construction in the West Bank expired.

The Palestinians have said they will not resume negotiations while Israel is building on land they want for their future state, but US and international efforts to convince Netanyahu to impose a new ban failed late last year.

© 2011 AFP

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