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UPDATED: 07:57, January 22, 2007
Jordan's King urges EU to activate its role in pushing peace process
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Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday urged the European Union (EU) to exert more efforts in pushing the peace process forward in Middle East and creating a relevant climate for the Palestinians and Israelis to return to the negotiating table.

During a meeting with visiting EU Foreign Policy chief Javier Solana, Abdullah said that it is important for the EU to back efforts designed to reinvigorate the peace process and find a permanent solution for the Palestinian issue, which is the core of the conflict in the region.

The international quartet for Middle East peace should exert more efforts to "reactivate its role" in the forthcoming stage with a view to work out peace that will be based on international legitimacy resolutions, the Arab peace initiative and the setting up of an independent Palestinian state living in peace with Israel, Abdullah was quoted by Jordan's news agency Petra as saying.

Solana said the EU was determined to exert more efforts to reinvigorate the peace process and urge all parties to follow the path of peace.

Solana also said that time was right to put the Israeli- Palestinian peace process back on track.

"We think there is an opportunity now, an opportunity we should not let go of," Solana told reporters following talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II.

He expressed hope that a meeting to be held by the Middle East Quartet in New York on Feb. 2 would be helpful to push the negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians forward.

Solana then departed for Israel, the last leg in a Middle East tour designed to remove obstacles facing the resumption of peace process after his visit to Jordan. The tour also includes stops in the West Bank and Egypt.

The Quartet, grouping the United Nations, the United States, Russia and the European Union, has been a major mediator between the Palestinians and Israel.

Source: Xinhua

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