“We must continue to work to resume the Middle East peace process, which should lead to the ‘two peoples, two states’ solution. This option requires restoring what was the basis of the 1993 agreements, namely the mutual and reciprocal recognition between Palestinians and Israelis of the legitimacy of each other's right to exist”, said Piero Fassino (Italy, SOC) today, opening a current affairs debate at the Standing Committee meeting held by videoconference.
“In this context, the international community must create the necessary conditions and launch a strong initiative to persuade both parties to sit around the negotiating table and accompany them to ensure results. PACE, which has always worked to promote dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians at the parliamentary level, must strengthen its initiative in this area,” Mr Fassino added.
This current affairs debate on “The urgent need to relaunch the Middle East peace process and prevent a resurgence of violence” included the participation of Yoaz Hendel, representative of the Knesset, and Bernard Sabella, representative of the Palestinian Legislative Council and Chairperson of the Palestinian Partner for democracy delegation to PACE, as well as eight PACE members.