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European Union joins chorus against Trump's Middle East peace plan

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Filed on February 4, 2020 | Last updated on February 4, 2020 at 09.28 pm
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EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.- AFP

Trump's plan, which was unveiled last week, would foresee the eventual creation of a Palestinian state.

The European Union on Tuesday rejected US President Donald Trump's proposal for securing peace in the Middle East and expressed concern about Israel's plans to annex more Palestinian land.

Trump's plan, which was unveiled last week, would foresee the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, but it falls far short of minimal Palestinian demands and would leave sizeable chunks of the occupied West Bank in Israeli hands.

In a statement, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell underlined the bloc's commitment to a two-state solution, based along the 1967 lines, with the possibility of mutually agreed land-swaps, made up of the state of Israel and "an independent, democratic, contiguous, sovereign and viable state of Palestine".

Borrell said the US initiative "departs from these internationally agreed parameters".

"To build a just and lasting peace, the unresolved final status issues must be decided through direct negotiations between both parties," Borrell said.


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