France is ready to take the lead on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. While the government is pressed to act by the socialist majority, has filed a bill at the National Assembly asking it to recognize a Palestinian state, Francois Hollande wants to do otherwise. In an interview with France 24, RFI and TV5 Monde media, the president said Thursday he had “not (to) vote on this resolution.”
However, “there has a diplomatic initiative that France must lead, “said the head of state. Which then referred the organization of “a conference just to find a solution to this conflict.” “This is what Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has to say” on Friday during a debate organized by the National Assembly on the resolution.
Francois Hollande gave no details of the date on which the conference could be held either with what participants. But he stressed that in France, the conflict should be resolved “on the basis of what has always been the major parameter of the French position: a Palestinian state recognized alongside an Israeli state with the guarantee of its security” .dropoff window The executive has not made clear what he would do if adopted next Tuesday the resolution of socialist deputies. Nothing committed to following this recognition, while negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians have stalled and violence are increasing in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.
France is working instead on a resolution that could be submitted to the UN, reaffirming the need for the international community to act in the resolution of this conflict. This had been announced Francois Hollande during a meeting in September with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas. “We have to be very clear in a resolution to be presented to the Security Council, which we now expect the process and what should be the solution to the conflict,” he had said. “What we need to look for is a lasting peace agreement,” he added, is the condition imposed so far by France to recognize the Palestinian state.
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Alexis Bachelay (PS): “Return of diplomacy where there is only violence”
Pierre Lellouche (UMP): “The Assembly is fun!”