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Estonia Supports International Efforts to Restore Direct Negotiations Between Israel and Palestine


Today in Luxembourg at the meeting of the European Union foreign ministers, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine must be restored.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia would like for negotiation between Israel and Palestine to resume. “This is the only path towards a two-state solution, in which Israel and Palestine could peacefully co-exist side by side,” he added.

Paet said that the European Union has an important supporting role to play in the restoration of negotiations. The EU foreign ministers confirmed their support for the work of the Diplomatic Quartet (the EU, UN, USA, and Russia) in bringing progress to the peace process and also acknowledged its efforts to bring the two parties to the negotiating table.

The Quartet on the Middle East issued a statement in the UN on 23 September that establishes a very exact schedule for Israel-Palestine negotiations, on the basis of which the parties must agree on a peace treaty by the end of 2012.

In talking about the situation in the European Union’s nearby neighbours North Africa and the Middle East, Paet said that Estonia considers democratisation and the reform process in North African nations to be extremely important. Estonia also condemns the faith-based violence that has taken place in Egypt. “The European Union must be ready to give Egypt support in organising elections,” he added.

Paet stated that the Syrian authorities must stop using violence against protestors. “We would like to see a real political process that will lead to reforms,” he noted.

While addressing the situations in Libya and Tunisia, Paet said that the Libyan Transitional National Council must play the leading role in Libya’s transition process and international aid should be co-ordinated by the UN. In order for Tunisia’s reforms to continue, it is essential that the European Union continues to contribute to Tunisia’s economic, justice, and interior ministries and to support reform in Tunisia’s security sector.

More information:
Helen Ennok, press spokesperson, Estonia’s Permanent Representation to the EU
+32 474 98 16 57


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