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Foreign Minister Paet Discusses Israeli-Palestinian Relations with EU and Russian Colleagues


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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said at the meeting of EU and Russian foreign ministers held in New York yesterday as well as at a Middle East-themed meeting of the EU's foreign ministers that Estonia does not support unilateral steps in developments in the Middle East. "The most important thing is that direct talks between Israel and Palestine are reinstated. Only this will allow a two-state solution to be reached - that is, the good-neighbourly coexistence of Israel and Palestine," he said.

Paet said unilateral actions in either the UN or other settings would make the Middle Eastern peace process more problematic and that it would become harder to find a solution. "Nor will unilateral steps contribute to the recommencement of peace talks between Israel and Palestine, regional stability or, ultimately, the creation of a vital Palestinian state. Thus they cannot be supported," said Paet.

Paet said that a strong common position and action on the part of the European Union was necessary for the effective support for the Middle Eastern peace process.

At the meeting, the foreign ministers of the European Union also discussed the situation in Syria and Libya and support for rebuilding in Libya with the Foreign Minister of Russia.

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