On 13 December, the European Union’s General Affairs Council adopted conclusions including a commitment and a strong message on the subject of the peace process and Gaza. In particular, the Council emphasized the importance of closer coordination within the Quartet and restated the urgent nature of a negotiated solution. For the sake of stability in the region, we can’t accept lasting failure in the peace process.
Mr Deputy, you can rest assured that our country is totally determined to achieve a twofold aim, which you have mentioned and which we all know: the creation of a Palestinian State and a guarantee of Israel’s security.
We’re ready to provide our full support for the continuation of the American efforts, but the international community, and particularly Europe, must be more closely associated with the process.
I met Mr Mitchell on his return from the Middle East and we agreed on closer coordination on this subject and on the conditions for resolving the conflict. The aim is still to conclude a framework agreement between the parties by the end of 2011. That’s what motivates us and the European Union./.