PRESS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Minister Vella calls for resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian question at Paris conference

Today Minister for Foreign Affairs George W. Vella addressed an international conference convened by the Government of France to discuss ways of relaunching the peace process. Over seventy delegations from different countries were present for the meeting. French President Francois Hollande also addressed the conference.

During his intervention, Minister Vella thanked the French authorities for convening the meeting. He reflected on the long-standing nature of this unresolved issue and recalled that this year will mark a century since the adoption of the Balfour Declaration, seventy years since the adoption of the UNGA Resolution in favour of the partition of Palestine, and fifty years since the occupation of the Palestinian territory.

Minister Vella stated that while it is ultimately up to the parties themselves to find peace, the international community has a responsibility to create the right conditions in order to bring them to the negotiating table. The only viable option remains the Two-State Solution and every effort should be made to avoid its further erosion through continued settlement activity. Minister Vella also referred to the ongoing divide between the West Bank and Gaza, and the need for a unified and representative Palestinian leadership.

Finally, Minister Vella stated that the Maltese Presidency will support all efforts geared at relaunching negotiations leading to a meaningful political process.

On the margins of this conference, Minister Vella met Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to discuss bilateral issues and Malta’s Presidency priorities; Minister Vella also met his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry amongst other bilateral meetings.

Source: Government of Malta