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European Union statement on the Middle East Peace Process
The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union released on May 14, 2012 its conclusions on the Middle East peace process. The Council finds serious obstacles to development of a two-state solution including a distinct escalation in settlement construction since the end of the 2010 moratorium, in addition to recent Israeli government efforts to legalize settlement outposts.
There is strong concern over the level of settler extremism and violence against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. The Council recognized deteriorating living conditions for Palestinians with increased home demolitions and evictions in East Jerusalem, and deeper restrictions on those living or conducting business in Area C.
The EU stresses that Israel must cooperate with the Palestinian Authority to allow more access and control for the PA in Area C. The body also calls on Israel to honor their obligation under the Paris Protocol to ensure swift and consistent tax revenue transfers to the PA.
The EU calls on the PA to continue pursuing reforms and to seek reconciliation behind President Mahmoud Abbas. The proposed Palestinian elections are seen as a positive contribution to Palestinian state-building.
The EU calls for unconditional opening of the border crossings for humanitarian aid, commercial goods, and people to and from Gaza. The body strongly condemns continuing rocket attacks from Gaza targeting civilians in southern Israel and calls for efforts to prevent the smuggling of arms into the territory.
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Source: Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP), 14/5/2012