Israel, Palestine should overcome settlements issue for peace: British prime minister
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Monday that he hoped Israel and Palestine would overcome the settlements issue for peace in the West Bank in the near future, reported Xinhua.
Speaking at a joint press conference after meeting with visiting Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Brown said Israel must dismantle the settlements.
"One of the blockages to that (peace) is clearly the settlements issue," he said. "I hope in the talks in the next few weeks and months this will be recognized as a barrier that has got to be overcome."
"Establishing a viable Palestinian state with a stable economy and flourishing private sector is a crucial part of this process," Brown said.
During his stay here, Fayyad is to attend a two-day trade and investment forum starting Monday in the City of London financial district, at which he is expected to seek to woo British investors.
The forum will provide a chance to explore further opportunities for development, said Brown.
Prior to his meeting with Brown, Fayyad told the BBC that "the moment has not gone" for there to be a two-state solution in the Middle East. Looking for another concept would be "the wrong way to go," he added.