The EU and the Middle East Peace Process

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  • 10/12/2014
    Statement by High Representative Federica Mogherini on the death of Palestinian Minister Abu Ein Statement by High Representative Federica Mogherini on the death of Palestinian Minister Abu Ein <p>I would like to express my condolences to the family of Minister Ziad Abu Ein, to the Palestinian Authority and to the Palestinian people following Minister Abu Ein's death today in the Palestinian village of Turmusaya.</p> 12/10/2014 15:39:28 12/10/2014 15:39:28 12/10/2014 15:39:28 12/10/2014 15:39:28 2014121015 090126248da97878 N 090126248da97878 /statements-eeas/2014/141210_01_en.htm 9928 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141210_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2014/141210_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141210_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141210_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by High Representative Federica Mogherini on the death of Palestinian Minister Abu Ein
  • 09/12/2014
    HR/VP Federica Mogherini visits Lebanon HR/VP Federica Mogherini visits Lebanon <p>High Representative/Vice-President of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, will travel today to Lebanon where she will meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Tamam Salam and Minister of Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil.</p> 12/09/2014 11:56:41 12/09/2014 11:56:41 12/09/2014 11:56:41 12/09/2014 11:56:41 2014120911 090126248da651e2 N 090126248da651e2 /statements-eeas/2014/141209_02_en.htm 9852 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141209_02_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2014/141209_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141209_02_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141209_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    HR/VP Federica Mogherini visits Lebanon
  • 24/11/2014
    Joint Statement by Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif following the talks in Vienna, 24 November 2014 Joint Statement by Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif following the talks in Vienna, 24 November 2014 <p>Since we agreed to the Joint Plan of Action one year ago in Geneva, we, together with the Foreign Ministers and Political Directors of the E3+3 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), have been engaged in intensive diplomatic negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive solution.</p> 11/24/2014 23:11:32 11/24/2014 23:11:32 11/24/2014 23:11:32 11/12/2015 23:11:32 2014112423 090126248d804fbd N 090126248d804fbd /statements-eeas/2014/141124_02_en.htm 10647 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141124_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141124_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141124_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Joint Statement by Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif following the talks in Vienna, 24 November 2014

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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.