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News Source: My Way News
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EU seeks new format to help revive Mideast peace process

Jul 20, 2:07 PM (ET)
By JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top diplomat is looking for a
fresh formula to revive the now moribund peace talks between Israel
and the Palestinians.

Federica Mogherini, who chaired negotiations that led to a deal on
Iran’s nuclear program, said Monday she’s working on fleshing out an
idea for “an international support group.” The group would build on
the existing “quartet” of the EU, United States, Russia and the United
Nations.

Right now “there seems to be no peace process at all” between Israel
and the Palestinians, Mogherini said.

She said a new regional and international framework is necessary to
foster a more positive environment.

Mogherini spoke to reporters after a meeting of EU foreign ministers,
who said in a statement that leaving the status quo unchanged “is not
an option.”

To improve the chances for concluding a “just and lasting peace,” the
ministers asked Mogherini to explore the possibilities for
establishing the support group, and to report back to them in early
September.

“It’s an idea that needs to be explored,” Mogherini told reporters. It
would be the first time in years that the format for Mideast peace
talks would be broadened to include new actors, the EU official added.

In their statement, EU ministers also called for the establishment of
an independent and democratic Palestinian state that would live side
by side and in peace with Israel. They said there “is no alternative
to a negotiated two-state solution.”

“The regional context, including the ongoing radicalization and spread
of terrorism, makes it even more urgent to end the conflict,” EU
ministers said.

Source: My Way News
URL:
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20150720/eu-mideast_peace_talks-2f47c0039b.html

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