Tuesday, February 24, 2009

EU urges Netanyahu not to abandon two-state solution

Submitted by Sahil Nagpal on Mon, 02/23/2009 - 09:17.
Brussels -

European Union diplomats on Monday urged the next Israeli government not to abandon the two-state solution as the goal of the Middle East peace process, as coalition talks in Israel continued.

"I think we could have a rough start but we need to move ahead with the peace process because the two-state solution road is narrowing and we can't take the luxury to wait," said the Czech Republic's Europe Minister Alexander Vondra ahead of a meeting with EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

...Sweden's foreign minister, Carl Bildt, said that the EU should push Netanyahu not to enter into a coalition which would call the two-state solution into question.

"I think it's very important that we send a strong signal that that is not going to be acceptable," he said.

EU officials also urged Israel to re-open border crossings into the Gaza Strip, with Bildt saying that "reconstruction without ending the siege is useless."

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