EU Criticizes Trump’s Plan On Middle East

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell criticized US President Donald Trump’s plan to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Brussels is committed to « a decision on the coexistence of two states, based on the 1967 borders, with a possible equivalent exchange of territories, » Borrell said in a statement released on Tuesday, February 4. Washington’s initiative deviates from these internationally agreed arrangements, the document says.

Direct negotiations between both parties are necessary to establish a « just and lasting peace, » the EU diplomat said. According to him, this is the only way to resolve issues related to borders, the status of Jerusalem, security and refugees.

The European Union called on the conflicting parties to refrain from any unilateral actions « contrary to international law and capable of exacerbating tension. » In particular, Brussels is concerned about Israeli statements about the possible annexation of the Jordan Valley and parts of the West Bank. The EU will continue to “support all efforts aimed at reviving the political process in accordance with international law,” Borrell added.

The President of the United States announced on January 28 a plan to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Head of the White House advocated creation of a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem. At the same time, Trump said that Jerusalem will remain the « indivisible capital » of Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the proposal a « realistic way » to achieve long-term peace in the region. However, Head of the Palestinian National Autonomy Mahmoud Abbas and Head of the political bureau of the radical Islamist movement Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, resolutely rejected the plan of the head of the White House.

The UN reacted with restraint to the idea of the US president. Turkish Foreign Ministry called the idea a « plan for annexation » and « the seizure of Palestinian territories. » And German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas emphasized the need to verify how the American President’s proposal compares with recognized international frameworks and legal grounds.

source: reuters.com

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