France Seeks to Formulate Statement for Renewal of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks in Paris Summit

The French want the statement to include general principles that deal with the core issues of the conflict, such as the borders, Israeli diplomats tell Haaretz.

French President Francois Hollande and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a press conference, Paris, France, October 31, 2012.
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PARIS – The French government wants an international statement formulated during the summit it is organizing next month in Paris that will include agreed-on principles for renewing the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli diplomats told Haaretz.

According to the diplomats, from information Israel has received, the French want the principles that the foreign ministers attending the summit in Paris on May 30 agree on be general, but to deal with at least some of the core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

These principles would be the ones the Israelis and the Palestinians would base the renewal of negotiations on if they so desire.

The Israeli diplomats said that it is believed in Jerusalem that at least one of the principles the French want included in the statement will involve deal with the negotiations over borders based on the 1967 lines with exchanges of territories. The diplomats added that another principle might be the setting of a strict timetable for the end of negotiations and reaching an agreement.

The Palestinians want a formulation of such principles but Israel is strongly against it and believes that negotiations should resume without any prior conditions.