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France seeking 2-year deadline for ME peace

(AFP)
Filed on November 29, 2014

The Palestinians are planning to formally submit to the UN Security Council a draft resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal from all occupied territory in 2016.

Paris : France’s foreign minister on Friday urged the international community to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict within two years, as the French parliament debated whether to recognise a Palestinian state.

“At the United Nations, we are working with our partners to adopt a Security Council resolution to relaunch and conclude talks. A deadline of two years is the one most often mentioned and the French government can agree with this figure,” Laurent Fabius told MPs.

The Palestinians are planning to formally submit to the UN Security Council a draft resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal from all occupied territory in 2016.

Fabius said that France was prepared to host international talks in a bid to push forward a drive for peace.

“An international conference could be organised, France is prepared to take the initiative on this and in these talks, recognition (of the Palestinian state) would be an instrument ... for the definitive resolution of the conflict,” he said.


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