PARIS: Some 70 countries on Sunday reaffirmed that only a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians could resolve the conflict and warned that they would not recognize any unilateral steps taken by either side that could prejudge negotiations.
The final communique of a Middle East peace conference held in Paris on Sunday shied away explicitly from criticizing plans by US president-elect Donald Trump to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, but said a new conference would be held by year-end for interested parties.
Key European and Arab states as well as the permanent members of the UN Security Council were also present in the meeting that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected as “futile”.
AFP adds: The conference called on them (Palestinians and Israelis) to avoid steps that “prejudge the outcome of negotiations on final status issues, including, inter alia on Jerusalem, borders, security, refugees”.
It also said the pre 1967 war borders should provide the basis for negotiations, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said.
The Paris meeting aims to revive the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process, amid fears of fresh violence.