After meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Brussels, the EU will convene on Tuesday to discuss a Palestinian proposal concerning the peace process and US’ role as mediator in the wake of its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
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The EU will convene on Tuesday to discuss a draft resolution devised by the Palestinian Authority concerning the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The proposal will include several clauses, including a confirmation of previous decisions concerning a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders as well as a denunciation of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
The draft resolution will highlight the importance of both sides avoiding making unilateral decisions, such as construction in the settlements. In the proposal, the Palestinians claimed that the US’ role as a fair and serious mediator in the peace process was damaged with Trump’s Jerusalem declaration. However, the document stated that the US should remain a neutral authority in the process.
On Monday, the EU assured the Palestinian leader of its support. “I want to reassure president Abbas of the firm commitment of the European Union to the two-state solution with Jerusalem as the shared capital of two states,” said EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini at the joint press conference with Abbas. “We continue to promote the two-state solution. We oppose the settlement activity that we consider illegal under international law.”
As previously reported by JOL, head of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas was in Brussels on Monday for a meeting with the EU in an appeal for its support for a Palestinian state. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki stated in an interview with AFP that Abbas is striving to gain recognition of statehood “as a way to respond” to US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the move of the American embassy.