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EU to support peace negotiations for Jerusalem

EU TO SUPPORT PEACE NEGOTIATIONS FOR JERUSALEM

The EU's foreign policy chief on Monday said a realistic solution for Jerusalem "has to come through direct negotiations."

Speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Federica Mogherini said Jerusalem has to be capital of the two states of Israel and Palestine.

She added that ways in which the EU can support the restart of the peace process will be discussed during the meeting.

When asked about the changing role of the U.S. in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Mogherini said: "We have been engaged with our American friends through the Quartet [on the Middle East].

"You know that a Quartet Envoys' meeting has taken place in the last few days and I take this as a very positive sign."

The Quartet which comprises of the EU, U.S., UN and Russia, was established in 2002 to mediate the peace process between Israel and Palestine.

She said the EU was discussing ways to restart negotiations in the international framework with the U.S., Russia, the UN, Israel, Palestine and some other Arab countries including, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

"We have been in close contact, particularly with Jordan, as it is conducting the leading role in the Arab League Ministerial format on the issue of the Middle East peace process.

"We have discussed the next invitation to the ministers' representatives of the Arab League, probably in February's Foreign Affairs Council, to discuss how the Arab League and the European Union can further support this process," Mogherini said.

She said an extraordinary meeting of the Ad-hoc Liaison Committee in Brussels will be held this month on "the creation of two states."

"So, we will have a discussion first with the Ministers of the 28 Member States alone and then with the [Palestinian] President [Mahmoud Abbas] on how the European Union can increase its work in support of the two-state solution."

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