France says UN vote must end Israeli-Palestinian conflict

French Foreign Minister calls for UN Security Council to fix 'calendar and framework' for a negotiated end to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Updated Jul 28, 2015

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius called for a U.N. Security Council resolution with a timetable and framework to end the conflict between Israel and Palestinians.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Fabius also called for "all the international partners who so desire to become involved in the negotiations."

The statement was issued as Palestine is preparing to present, through Jordan, a UN Security Council resolution setting a two-year deadline to return the territory taken by Israel in 1967. The resolution could be put to a vote as early as Wednesday.

Fabius met Tuesday with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Al-Arabi, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki and Mauritanian Foreign Minister Ahmed Ould Teguedi.

He also met separately with former Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday, after meeting with his British and German counterparts. Fabius also had a meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday to discuss issues in the Middle East.

As both French Assembly and Senate adopted recently resolutions calling their government to recognize Palestine' statehood, Fabius has said that France would do so if peace efforts failed.

"If this last attempt at negotiation does not succeed, France will assume its responsibilities by recognizing the State of Palestine. France recognizes the State of Palestine; it is not a favor, it is a right," he said.

On Nov. 28, France has proposed a two-year timeframe to end the conflict through a U.N.-backed resolution which includes an Israeli removal from the occupied Palestinian territories.

On Dec. 2, French lawmakers urged their government to recognize Palestine.

It came after Sweden became the first Western European country to recognize Palestine, and parliaments in Spain, Britain and Ireland held votes in which they backed non-binding resolutions in favor of recognition.

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