France to launch new UN push for Israel-Palestinian resolution

27th March 2015, Comments 0 comments

France plans to begin talks at the United Nations on a new Security Council resolution to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday.

Fabius told reporters at UN headquarters in New York that discussions on a text would start "in the coming days."

The Security Council in December rejected a resolution that would have set a deadline for reaching a final peace deal and pave the way to the creation of a Palestinian state.

The United States had voted against the measure but was spared from resorting to its veto after eight council members including France voted yes, one vote short of the nine needed for adoption.

"It is necessary to move forward to have a solution to this problem," Fabius said.

"Obviously the two parties must discuss but the discussion must be backed by an international effort," he said. "We shall work with our partners in that direction."

The French move came a day after UN envoy Robert Serry told the Security Council that it should step in to present a "framework for negotiations, including parameters" to achieve peace.

"This may be (the) only way to preserve the goal of a two-state solution, in the present circumstances," he said in a bluntly worded assessment of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

International concern over the fate of the peace process spiked after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed during his election campaign that he would never allow the establishment of a Palestinian state under his watch.

Netanyahu later backtracked on his comments but the US administration appeared unconvinced and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged him to renew his commitment to a two-state solution.

Serry warned that a new UN resolution to re-launch negotiations would be fruitless without a genuine commitment from both sides to reach a deal.

"If the parties are not ready to negotiate it would be wrong to rush them," he said.

© 2015 AFP

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