Deauville, France (AFP) May 26, 2011
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe is to go to the Middle East next week to tell Israel and the Palestinians that peace is now "within reach", President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday.
Alain Juppe will bring a message that "peace has waited too long," Sarkozy told journalists at the G8 summit in the French resort of Deauville, adding that the current Middle East stalemate was untenable.
"The parameters for peace are perfectly well known and more time passing does not favour men of peace, it favours terrorists and extremists," he said, hailing the "good news" of a reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas.
The bitter Palestinian rivals earlier this month announced a long-anticipated deal to create a government of national unity and prepare elections in the Palestinian territories.
Juppe will ask the Palestinians if the new government will call into question recognition of Israel and its right to live in peace and security, Sarkozy said, and will urge Israel to relaunch stalled peace talks.
"The situation today is untenable," Sarkozy said, adding that he had "great harmony" with the position of US President Barack Obama.
In a key policy speech last week, Obama said the territorial lines in place before the 1967 Six Day War, combined with land swaps, should be the basis for talks on a peace deal with the Palestinians.
The idea was hailed by Palestinians but rejected by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who told the Palestinians to tear up the pact as Hamas, which Israel considers a terrorist group, "is not a partner for peace."
Sarkozy said it was contradictory for Israel to reject talks with the Palestinians.
"There's a contradiction in saying for years that peace is not possible because the Palestinians are divided and now that they're trying to come together to say we won't talk to them because of the rapprochement," he said.
Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been on hold since September 2010, when they ground to a halt over ongoing Israeli settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land.
Share This Article With Planet Earth
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com
Tibetan leader warns India of China 'encirclement'
New Delhi (AFP) May 21, 2011
The newly-elected head of Tibet's government-in-exile has warned India that it is being encircled by "Chinese interests" as Beijing strengthens its South Asian presence. China has been boosting its regional influence by developing relations with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, said Lobsang Sangay, elected by Tibetan exiles as their new premier after the Dalai Lama announced he wou ... read more
Obama offers reassurance over anti-missile plans|
Lithuania will seek NATO missile assurances at Obama meet
Russia plays down missile differences with US
Medvedev warns of Cold War over missile defence
Israel to switch Hawks for David's Sling
China 'to target 1,800 missiles at Taiwan in 2012'
Ukraine seeks talks with Romania, US on missile shield
US Army's Apache fires first Hellfire missiles at sea
RAF Announces New Reaper Squadron
US Navy and Northrop Grumman-led UCAS-D Flight Test Team Honored Twice by USAF
Thousands protest against US drone attacks in Pakistan
Stratospheric UAV Payloads Provide New Ways to Chase Al Qaeda
Intelsat General To Support Armed Forces Radio And Television Service
Northrop Grumman Awarded Continuing Operation of Battlefield Airborne Communications Node Contract
ADTI Launches High Performance Antenna Arrays Protype Program
Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Develop EHF SatComms Antenna for B-2 Bomber
Jakarta signs deal for Korean trainer jets
Lockheed Martin Responds To US Army's CIRCM Request For Proposal
More delays in Brazil jet fighter deal
Committed to safety - flight test engineer Ina Niewind
Obama nominates new defense, CIA chiefs
Israel wants to fast-track F-35 training
Poland to host US F-16 fighter jet rotations: US official
US lawmakers pass $690 billion Pentagon bill
Sarkozy to tell Israel, Palestinians that peace within reach
Arab Spring, nuclear safety, occupy G8 chiefs
Walker's World: Yes, we camp
US and Britain set up joint security body: reports
MLD Test Moves Navy A Step Closer To Lasers For Ship Self-Defense
US Navy And Northrop Grumman Accomplish Goals For At-Sea Demonstration Of Maritime Laser
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement|