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EU FMs look forward to achievement from Mideast peace conference
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10:06, November 20, 2007

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European Union foreign minister looked forward to "the achievement of concrete results" from the upcoming Middle East conference at Annapolis, a statement issued here Monday said.

In the statement coming from a meeting of EU foreign ministers, the ministers said that they looked forward to the achievement of concrete results leading to meaningful final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

"These should result in a two-state solution with the establishment of an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel and its other neighbors," the statement added.

It described the international meeting at Annapolis, the United States as "a crucial opportunity for regional and international partners to effectively support a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East."

The foreign ministers called for "a continued broad and positive involvement by Arab partners, building on the Arab Peace Initiative."

They also expressed the European bloc's full commitment to further support the parties in their ongoing negotiations and subsequent implementation.

They urged both parties to "take additional steps to meet previous commitments, including those under the Road Map and the Agreement on Movement and Access in order to consolidate progress achieved so far and to fulfill the potential of the current process."

The statement also called both sides to desist from any actions that threaten the viability of a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement, in conformity with international law.

The council meeting emphasized the importance of the Paris Donors' Conference, slated in December, and supported "its goals of securing funding for the building of the institutions and economy of the future Palestinian state."

The Middle East peace meeting will serve as a stage to begin formal negotiations on a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas.

Source: Xinhua

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