Statement on the UN Security Council vote on the MEPP

Today’s vote at the UN Security Council regarding the Middle East Peace Process underlines once again the urgency of resuming meaningful negotiations between the parties and the need for the international community to focus on concrete achievements to reach an agreement that ends all claims and fulfils the aspirations of both parties.

Our common aim is to achieve a comprehensive peace agreement based on the two-state solution, with the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, sovereign and viable State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security and mutual recognition. The European Union believes that setting clear parameters for the negotiations is key for their success. They should be defined on the basis of the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, the Madrid principles including land for peace, the Roadmap and the agreements previously reached by the parties and the Arab Peace Initiative.

The EU renews its call for both parties to resume negotiations urgently and to refrain from any action further undermining the viability of the two-state solution. The European Union will promote and support now more than ever efforts to achieve a lasting peace based on this two-state vision together with international partners, including in the region.

The EU reiterates the strategic importance of the Arab Peace Initiative for all parties and is committed to help advance the peace process with the countries in the region.