South-African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation meets with the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development – 3rd June 2016

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On Friday 3rd June 2016, South-African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane attended an international conference on the Middle East Peace Process (MEEPP) in Paris, at the invitation of the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development M. Jean-Marc Ayrault.

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Read the joint communiqué about the conference :

Middle East peace initiative – Joint communiqué¹

Paris, 3 June 2016

The Participants met in Paris on June 3, 2016 to reaffirm their support for a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

They reaffirmed that a negotiated two-state solution is the only way to achieve an enduring peace, with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. They are alarmed that actions on the ground, in particular continued acts of violence and ongoing settlement activity, are dangerously imperilling the prospects for a two-state solution.

The Participants underscored that the status quo is not sustainable, and stressed the importance of both sides demonstrating, with policies and actions, a genuine commitment to the two-state solution in order to rebuild trust and create the conditions for fully ending the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and resolving all permanent status issues through direct negotiations based on resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), and also recalling relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions and highlighting the importance of the implementation of the Arab Peace Initiative.

The Participants discussed possible ways in which the international community could help advance the prospects for peace, including by providing meaningful incentives to the parties to make peace. The Participants also highlighted the potential for regional peace and security as envisioned by the Arab Peace Initiative.

The Participants highlighted the key role of the Quartet and key regional stakeholders. They welcomed the interested countries’ offer to contribute to this effort. They also welcomed France’s offer to coordinate it, and the prospect of convening before the end of the year an international conference./.

¹Source of English text : French Foreign Ministry.

On the sidelines of the meeting, French Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault held bilateral talks with his South-African counterpart, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane.

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publie le 07/06/2016

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