The Foreign Ministers of Germany, Egypt, France and Jordan met today in New York, with the participation of Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and security policy, and Tor Wennesland, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, as special guests, to consult and coordinate their actions in order to advance the Middle East peace process towards a just, comprehensive and lasting peace based on the two-State solution.
Following their previous meetings in Munich on February 15, 2020, Amman on September 24, 2020, Cairo on January 11, 2021, Paris on March 11, 2021 and Munich on February 19, 2022, the Ministers issued the following statement:
1. We are meeting today in New York on the margins of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly to recall our common commitment to a multilateral international order based on the rules of law to establish peace, security and development. We also stress the urgency of combating any initiative aimed at weakening it.
2. We emphasize that the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the two-State solution is essential for the establishment of a comprehensive peace in the region. We remain committed to facilitating and supporting all efforts aimed at achieving a just and lasting peace in the Middle East based on international law, applicable United Nations Security Council resolutions and agreed parameters, including the of Arab peace. We reaffirm our belief that only a negotiated two-state solution based on the June 4, 1967 borders, guaranteeing an independent, contiguous and viable Palestinian state living side by side with Israel in peace and security, is likely to meet the legitimate aspirations of the Israelis. like Palestinians.
3. We recall the urgent need to resume direct, serious, concrete and genuine negotiations between the parties as soon as possible. In the absence of such negotiations, we stress the importance of quickly creating political and economic prospects in order to preserve the prospect of a two-State solution, in particular by exploring the possibility of a comprehensive regional approach to peace. We encourage the adoption of new mutual confidence-building measures based on reciprocal commitments, in order to improve the living conditions of the Palestinian people, taking into account the positive effects of the improvement of economic conditions on security.
4. We stress the need to put an immediate and complete end to all unilateral actions, all acts of violence against civilians, pressure on civil society and all acts of provocation and incitement to violence, as well as the obligation for all parties to respect international law and international humanitarian law and to ensure that civilian populations can live in peace, security and dignity. We deplore the large number of civilians killed in recent months and weeks, including women and children, and we emphasize the need to ensure their protection and make it a priority.
5. We emphasize the need to refrain from any unilateral action that undermines the viability of the two-State solution and the prospects for a just and lasting peace, and that it is essential to respect and preserve the territorial unity, contiguity and integrity of all occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem. This includes the need to immediately end all settlement activities, the confiscation of land and the expulsion of beneficiaries from their homes, in violation of international law. In this context, we reaffirm our concern regarding the eviction of the inhabitants of the Massafer Yatta area, and we argue that the rights of the inhabitants of the neighborhoods of Cheikh Jarrah and Silwan to their housing must be respected.
6. We express our deep concern over the recent rise in tensions in Jerusalem and underscore the need to respect and uphold the status quo of the holy sites in Jerusalem. In this recital, we recall the important role of guardian of the holy places in Jerusalem assigned to the Hashemite monarchy. In addition, religious holidays should in no way be used for political purposes.
7. We recall that it is essential to take the necessary measures for a fundamental change in the political, economic and security situation in the Gaza Strip. In this view, we commend the important role played by Egypt and the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator in the Occupied Territories in efforts to end the latest episode of tensions in and around the city of Gaza and we call for full respect of the ceasefire by all parties.
8. We reaffirm the indispensable role played by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in providing humanitarian assistance and essential services and the need to provide it with the political and financial support it needs to carry out the mandate assigned to it by the United Nations General Assembly and which is due for renewal at the end of this year. We welcome the ministerial meeting held on the margins of the high-level segment of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Kingdom of Sweden, to address the serious consequences of the financial crisis of UNRWA in political, human rights, development and security matters.
9. We will continue to work with all parties to put in place realistic prospects for the resumption of a credible political process and we will explore different options for cooperating with our regional and international partners in this area. We emphasize that the achievement of a just and lasting peace is a strategic objective that is in the interest of all parties and is essential to the security and stability of the region.
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