Time for direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations: Spanish FM
Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said Tuesday it is time to resume direct peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israel.
"We are proceeding with our work with all involved parties to create the proper atmosphere for starting direct negotiations that address all final status issues," said the Spanish foreign minister in a joint press conference with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh in Amman, Xinhua reported.
Stressing Spain's and the EU's support for the creation of an independent and viable Palestinian state at the borders of 1967, Moratinos said, "It is time to begin direct negotiations that are supported by the EU, the international community and the United States."
Moratinos also emphasized support to the U.S. efforts to push peace process forward to realize the desired objectives, adding " we called for freezing settlement activities and overcoming obstacles that hamper the peace process."
For his part, Judeh stressed Jordan's support for efforts seeking to create the appropriate atmosphere for starting direct peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israel quickly.
He added that the proximity talks, which started between the two sides in May, were not the objectives but means to create the suitable environment for resuming direct peace talks.
"We in Jordan believe that direct talks, when resumed, should start from the point where they stopped. These talks should be in line with a specific timeframe and clear references and address all final status issues," he said.
Judeh stressed that Jordan urges Israel to stop its unilateral measures including settlement activities in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, the demolishing of houses and attempts for evicting the Muslim and Christian Arabs from Jerusalem.
He added that these unilateral measures represent a stark violation of the international laws and show lack of sincerity and a deliberate waste of time that are likely to lead to undesirable consequences on the entire region.
Prior to the press conference, the two ministers held talks on latest developments in the region and efforts to resolve the conflict.