Jewish settlements are principal problem for EU in Palestinian-Israeli talks: head of European Palestinians' conference
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 14 / Trend U. Sadikhova /
EU's first action towards creation of Palestinian state must be solving of problem of Jewish settlements on the west bank, head of European Palestinians' conference Majid al-Zir said.
"All know that Jewish settlements on the west bank are illegal. So, European politicians must first solve problem of settlements - direct violation of the international human rights," Palestine Return Center head al-Zir told Trend over phone.
EU Supreme Commissioner for Foreign policy Javier Solana told about intentions to make concrete actions in Palestinian-Israeli peace process. He suggested appointing certain term to complete peace talks. After achieving this goal, UN Security Council must independently determine parameters of settlement and recognize Palestine as UN full member," RIA Novosti said.
During the meeting with representatives of the European Parliament and members of Palestinian organizations, Solana said that Israel and Palestinians must negotiate soon to complete peace process by creating independent Palestinian state.
But Israeli foreign ministry denied Solana's proposal to recognize Palestine as UN full member even if there is lack of negotiating settlement of the conflict.
"Israel announced about readiness to resume peace talks immediately without preliminary terms. Any other approach, including introduction of artificial time bounds for talks, undermine efforts to achieve the agreement," press-release of the Israeli foreign ministry said, RIA Novosti reported.
One of members of the European delegation Al-Zir during the meeting with Solana said that EU has will and strive for assisting Palestinian people to restore rights for return of occupied territories. Problem of settlements on the west bank violating Palestinians' rights remains supreme in participation of EU in peace process, Al-Zir said.
There are 121 Jewish settlements on the west bank occupied by Israel in 1967. Roughly 300,000 Israelis live in these settlements.
Palestinians refuse from negotiating till Israel completely ceases settled activity on the west bank.
EU must hamper further extending of Israel's settled policy and oblige Israel to cease current construction, Al-Zir said.
Binyamin Netanyahu's government agreed to cease construction in future but refuses from freezing current settlements.
According to head of European Palestinians' conference al-Zir, trade and economic relations remain key factor of European pressure on Israel.
Roughly 33 percent of total Israel's turnover fell on Europe. Most part of turnover is conducted via the Mediterranean Sea.
Geographic nearness of Europe and economic partnership can play significant role in pressure on Israel concerning recognition of independent Palestinian state, al-Zir said.
During the meeting with Solana the European delegation called for reconsideration of relations with Israel as upon EU constitution foreign relations can be realized only by observing the international law on human rights, al-Zir said.
"Solana's statements are counterbalance of Libermann's and Netanyahu's positions. Europe has already exerted pressure on Israel upon request of the European Human Rights law, public opinion and organizations protecting Palestinians' rights.