The EU and the Middle East Peace Process

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  • 26/01/2015
    Quartet Envoys' Press Statement Quartet Envoys' Press Statement <p>The Middle East Quartet Envoys (US, Russia, UN and EU) met on 26<sup>th</sup> January in Brussels. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini attended the start of the meeting.</p> 01/26/2015 19:26:58 01/26/2015 19:26:58 01/26/2015 19:26:58 01/02/2017 19:26:58 2015012619 090126248e2915c8 N 090126248e2915c8 /statements-eeas/2015/150126_01_en.htm 9717 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150126_01_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150126_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150126_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Quartet Envoys' Press Statement
  • 21/01/2015
    Remarks by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini at the joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington Remarks by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini at the joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington <p> <strong>HIGH REPRESENTATIVE MOGHERINI:</strong> Thank you, John. You’ve said it all. As my first trip as a minister was to Washington, my first trip, my visit as a high representative for the European Union outside of our immediate region is in Washington. In think that’s natural and that is exactly because we work every day on common challenges in a very united and common way.</p> 01/21/2015 00:00:00 01/21/2015 00:00:00 01/21/2015 00:00:00 01/09/2016 00:00:00 2015012100 090126248e1e2a7b N 090126248e1e2a7b /statements-eeas/2015/150122_03_en.htm 17611 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150122_03_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2015/150122_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150122_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini at the joint press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington
  • 19/01/2015
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the decision to appeal the Judgment regarding Hamas Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the decision to appeal the Judgment regarding Hamas 01/19/2015 09:52:05 01/19/2015 09:52:05 01/19/2015 09:52:05 01/07/2016 09:52:05 2015011909 090126248e147562 N 090126248e147562 /statements-eeas/2015/150119_01_en.htm 10435 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150119_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150119_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150119_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150119_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the decision to appeal the Judgment regarding Hamas

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Resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict is a strategic priority for Europe. Until this is achieved, there will be little chance of solving other problems in the Middle East.

The EU’s objective is a two-state solution with an independent, democratic, viable Palestinian state living side-by-side with Israel and its other neighbours. The EU wants to see progress, not just process. To that end, the EU undertakes a range of activities – both political and practical – and is the largest donor to Palestinian state-building efforts.

The EU – with the UN, the US and the Russian Federation – is a member of the so-called ‘Quartet’, which in 2002 launched a ‘road map for peace’ aimed at resolving the conflict. The EU has praised the Arab Peace Initiative as a significant contribution from the Arab countries.

EU foreign ministers have described the closure of Gaza by Israel as ‘unacceptable and politically counterproductive’. In June 2010 the Foreign Affairs Council called for an urgent and fundamental change of policy and repeated an earlier call for the immediate, sustained and unconditional opening of crossings so as to allow a flow of humanitarian aid, commercial goods and persons.

The solution must, at the same time, address Israel’s legitimate security concerns over violence and arms smuggling.

The EU considers that peace in the Middle East requires a comprehensive, regional solution. In this regard the EU supports peace talks between Israel and Syria, also between Israel and Lebanon.