France to Turn to UN with Solution to Israel-PA Conflict

French President says a "solution to the conflict" between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs will be put to the Security Council.

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French President Francois Hollande and PA Cha
French President Francois Hollande and PA Cha
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French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that a "solution to the conflict" between the Israelis and Palestinian Arabs will be put to the United Nations (UN) Security Council.

Hollande made the comments after meeting Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Paris, reported AFP.

"We will have a resolution, to be presented to the Security Council, that will say very clearly what we expect from the (peace) process and what the solution to the conflict must be," Hollande told reporters in a joint news conference with Abbas.

The French president said that stop-start negotiations had gone on "too long" and "there is a perception that there will never be a solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, even though we know the outlines" of a possible deal".

The most recent confrontation was "the third time that Gaza has been destroyed," Hollande said, according to AFP.

"What we must look for is a durable peace accord," he said, adding that stalled peace talks "must now reach their end".

Abbas urged "all countries to assume their responsibilities to end a conflict that has lasted more than 66 years".

"Making peace will give added legitimacy to the fight against terrorism in the region," he added.

Abbas, who is trying to build support ahead of a new Palestinian Arab diplomatic push within the United Nations, said that France could give impetus to an Arab League-backed plan calling for an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.

After France, he is to go on to New York to participate in the annual UN General Assembly starting September 24.

Abbas has also been threatening to  sue Israel at the ICC. The PA’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Riyad al-Maliki, recently met with ICC officials and inquired about the legal procedures necessary for the PA to join the ICC and sign the Rome Statute, thus allowing it to take action against possible Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

That move came the PA requested to join 15 international agencies in breach of the conditions of the peace talks that were going on with Israel at that time.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)








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