Euro-Med Assembly urges Palestinian state within two years
The Euro-Mediterranean Assembly added its voice this weekend to calls for the establishment of a viable Palestinian state within two years. The state should be within the 1967 frontiers, said assembly members, and have East Jerusalem as its capital. S&D spokesman on the assembly, Raimon Obiols i Germa, welcomed the call, on which the Israeli delegation placed its reserve. The assembly urged all members of the Union for the Mediterranean to be more active in pressing for a relaunch of the Middle East peace process to lead by an agreed deadline, if possible of two years, to the two-state solution taking effect. The call comes in the run-up to a Summit of the Union for the Mediterranean in Barcelona. Aiming for a two-year deadline, the assembly envisages a two-state solution. A single, independent, democratic and viable Palestinian state would include Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. It would exist in peace and security alongside Israel, within the 1967 frontiers and with Jerusalem as the capital of both states.