The EU and the Middle East Peace Process

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  • 11/02/2015
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas <p>The visit of President Mahmoud Abbas was an opportunity for President Jean-Claude Juncker and myself to re-state EU's support for a two-state solution with an independent, democratic, viable State of Palestine living side-by-side with Israel and its other neighbours in peace and security.</p> 02/11/2015 21:15:27 02/11/2015 21:15:27 02/11/2015 21:15:27 02/11/2015 21:15:27 2015021121 090126248e564f85 N 090126248e564f85 /statements-eeas/2015/150211_01_en.htm 10690 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150211_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150211_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150211_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150211_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas
  • 30/01/2015
    Statement by the Spokesperson on Israel's new announcement of settlement tenders Statement by the Spokesperson on Israel's new announcement of settlement tenders <p>Today's announcements of settlement tenders, if implemented, will further undermine the viability of the two-State solution; they are illegal in international law and constitute an obstacle to peace.</p> 01/30/2015 20:18:47 01/30/2015 20:18:47 01/30/2015 20:18:47 01/06/2017 20:18:47 2015013020 090126248e35a22f N 090126248e35a22f /statements-eeas/2015/150130_04_en.htm 9534 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150130_04_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150130_04_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150130_04_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150130_04_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on Israel's new announcement of settlement tenders
  • 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 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150126_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150126_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150126_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Quartet Envoys' Press Statement

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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.