Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Clinton says it's not good time for a peace conference

Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said today that now hold a peace conference between Israelis and Palestinians would not be "productive" and called for more efforts to return both sides to the negotiating table. Clinton was responding to the French proposal to host a conference to revive the peace process later this month or early July at a meeting with reporters during a visit to Washington by French Foreign Minister, Alain Juppe.

"We support strongly a return to negotiations, but we think it is productive to have a conference on the return to negotiations," the U.S. diplomat. Until there is a minimum agreement to resume the talks, said Clinton, will require "a lot of persuasion and preliminary work" to lay the groundwork for "a productive meeting." "So we're still in a wait and see what happens, because we have not yet committed to any party that they would return to negotiations," he added.

Secretary of State noted, moreover, to "serious concerns" in Washington about the role played by the organization Hamas in the Palestinian government, based on the agreement signed last month between the organization and the other main Palestinian faction, Fatah. "We just call that government technocrat.

If Hamas becomes part of it, we believe that this decline for the sole purpose of negotiations, because we would have a party that rejects Israel's right to exist, "he said. As conditions for the Islamist faction is part of the peace process, Clinton demanded the recognition of Israel, renunciation of violence and support for the agreements signed so far by the Palestinian Authority.

Juppe, meanwhile, was "satisfied" by the response received in his Middle East trip last week to raise the proposal of Paris, and called for "further work" towards a consensus. The idea was accepted "in principle" by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has not yet been answered .'re just going to hold this conference if enough work is done prior to that is well prepared, "said Foreign responsible France.

The French initiative is based on the principles supported by the U.S. president, Barack Obama, to begin negotiations for a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders with agreed territorial swaps between the parties. The idea is to initiate dialogue and border security debate, and throughout 2012, to determine how to resolve other key issues of conflict, as the problems of the future of Jerusalem and the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

With this proposal, we are trying to find a diplomatic solution to the Palestinian will to appeal to the UN in September asking to be admitted as full member, after the brief stagnation of the peace process championed by Washington in September 2010. "We believe that if nothing happens before September, if negotiations remain stalled, the situation will be very difficult for everybody," said Juppe.

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