France praises Arab League decision on peace talks

9th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

France on Saturday welcomed a decision by Arab states to "leave the door open" to a resumption of US-sponsored direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

"While noting the current impasse, we are pleased that (the Arab League) has left the door open for a resumption of direct talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said in a statement.

Ministers from the 13 members of the Arab League on Friday said they would meet in a month to examine alternatives to direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, proposed by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Arab ministers also urged Washington to pursue efforts in the interim to stop Israeli settlement activity.

"Every effort must be made now to find a way to ensure the continuation of the process started on September 2 in Washington by the Americans, which we fully support," said the French statement.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos will visit Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan on Sunday and Monday to discuss European involvement in the peace process.

© 2010 AFP

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