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UN renews calls for Middle East two-state solution for peace

Posted by claudiacampli su 11 maggio, 2009

Times

UN Security Council statement comes a week before President Obama due to hold first meeting with new Israeli Prime Minister

James Bone in New York and James Hider in Jerusalem

The UN Security Council called yesterday for diplomatic action to achieve a two-state solution in the Middle East after King Abdullah of Jordan warned in The Times of a possible war within 18 months.

David Miliband, the British Foreign Secretary, said that the Security Council meeting reflected King Abdullah’s call for urgent moves towards peace.

“Debate has moved from seeking a solution between two states to a debate about the whole regional stability of the Middle East,” Mr Miliband said.

Susan Rice, Washington’s UN Ambassador, said: “We share a sense of urgency. This is a moment that should not be lost. That is why the United States and others are redoubling their efforts to achieve a lasting two-state solution.”

The Security Council statement, at a summit for foreign ministers called by Russia, comes a week before President Obama is due to hold a crucial first meeting with Binyamin Netanyahu, the new Israeli Prime Minister.

Ms Rice told the UN council that the US would incorporate the Arab Peace Initiative, formulated at a Beirut summit in 2002, into its peace efforts. Israel boycotted the UN meeting, saying that it did not believe the involvement of the Security Council “contributes to the political process in the Middle East”.

Israel reacted cautiously to King Abdullah’s call in the The Times for it to embrace the Arab League peace plan because it offered the Jewish state full recognition by 57 Muslim countries.

Israel has always been wary of the Arab League plan, denouncing the way it was presented as a take it or leave it package in which Israel would gain automatic normalisation with the 22-member Arab League if it allowed millions of Palestinians to return to their homes inside Israel.

The package also required it to withdraw to the pre-1967 amnesty lines, relinquishing the Old City of Jerusalem.

Recent leaks have suggested that a revised Arab plan could be submitted with US backing, dropping the right of return clause that Israel says would end its status as a Jewish state.

Yigal Palmor, the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, said that Amr Moussa, the head of the Arab League, had “said that there’ll be no change in the text and nobody’s going to make an amendment. I don’t see any sweetened Arab peace plan being presented to Obama any time soon. If Amr Moussa said no, then it is no”.

Questions remained in Israeli minds about the King’s prediction of war within 12 to 18 months if no progress was made towards peace.

Mr Palmor said that the phrasing could be construed as a threat.

“It means we are not engaged in a territorial conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, but between Israel and 57 nations. Put like that, it’s a conflict of a whole different order,” he said.

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