Joint Statement by Current and Former EU Members of the UNSC (Germany, Belgium France, Estonia, Poland) before the UN Security Council VTC Meeting on the Middle East Peace Process May 20, 2020

20.05.2020 - Press release

Check Against Delivery

I would like to make the following statement today on behalf of the four EU Members of the Security Council Belgium, Estonia, France and Germany and Poland, as former EU member of the Security Council.

We congratulate the new government in Israel. Israel is a key partner for us. We look forward to continuing working with the Israeli government in a constructive and comprehensive way, in the spirit of the longstanding friendship that binds us to Israel, in order to develop our relationship in all areas, in particular in matters such as COVID-19, education, research and development and any other area of mutual interest.

With regard to the Middle East Peace Process, we are willing to support and facilitate resumed direct and meaningful negotiations between the two parties, to resolve all final status issues and achieve a just and lasting peace. We stand ready to engage immediately with the new government and with all relevant stakeholders.

International law is a fundamental pillar of the international rules-based order. In this respect, we  recall that we will not recognize any changes to the 1967 borders, unless agreed by Israelis and Palestinians. The two-state solution, with Jerusalem as the future capital for both States, is the only way to ensure sustainable peace and stability in the region.

In this vein, we note with grave concern the provision – to be submitted for approval by the Israeli cabinet - on the annexation of parts of occupied Palestinian territories, as stated by the Prime Minister when presenting his government to the Knesset on 17 May and as envisaged in the coalition agreement signed earlier. We strongly urge Israel to refrain from any unilateral decision that would lead to the annexation of any occupied Palestinian territory and would be, as such, contrary to International Law.

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