Kerry to attend Paris conference

Discussion in 'Israel & Middle East News' started by Chris, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Kerry to attend Paris conference
    Secretary of State to attend the Paris peace conference scheduled to take place five days before his term ends.
    Elad Benari, 11/01/17 03:07
    John Kerry

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the Paris peace conference scheduled for January 15, his spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday, according to the AFP news agency. Around 70 countries will gather for the conference, although neither Israeli nor Palestinian Arab representatives will be present for the meeting.

    The Paris conference, scheduled for January 15, is part of France’s initiative to relaunch the Israel-Palestinian Authority (PA) peace talks which have been stalled since 2014. The conference is being held despite the objection of Israel, which insists that the only way to reach a peace agreement is through direct talks without preconditions. The PA refuses to sit down for direct talks.

    During the conference, the participants are expected to call on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas to publicly renew their commitment to the two-state solution, and to renounce officials in their respective governments who oppose it.

    A draft of the conference’s statement, quoted by Haaretz on Monday, actually includes a nod to Kerry’s recent speech on the Middle East peace process, “in which he stressed that no solution could be imposed and outlined his vision of principles for a final status agreement.”

  2. ShilohRose

    ShilohRose Well-Known Member

    Well, this isn't good. I'd rather the U.S. not be a party to this at all.
  3. duckdogger

    duckdogger Well-Known Member

    For sure, but I knew Ketchup would not miss one last opportunity to shaft Israel.
  4. daygo

    daygo Well-Known Member

    The 20th can't come soon enough.
  5. DanLMP

    DanLMP Well-Known Member

    It feels like more than a YEAR since Nov 8!

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