France to recognise Palestinian state if peace efforts fail

France will recognise Palestinian state if efforts for a two-state solution fail says French foreign minister

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius at joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart, in Tehran, Iran, July 29, 2015.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday that his country will recognise the Palestinian state if efforts, that will be brokered by Paris, for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestinians fail.

"France will engage in the coming weeks in the preparation of an international conference bringing together the parties and their main partners, American, European, Arab, notably to preserve and make happen the solution of two states," he said.

International efforts to reach a two-state solution have stalled since the US led peace talks collapsed in April 2014.

Fabius said in an annual meeting of foreign diplomats, "We cannot let the two-state solution disintegrate. It is our responsibility as a UN Security Council member and a power seeking peace."

He warned that the crisis would worsen if peace talks continue to fail.

If efforts fail "we need to face our responsibilities by recognising the Palestinian state," Fabius said.

The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that the expansions of settlements by Israel are considered to be "provocative acts."

"We see that unfortunately colonisation continues and that recently, the Israeli Prime Minister went so far as to reproach the UN Secretary General for encouraging terrorism on the basis that he had reminded of colonisation’s illegality and asked that it cease," Fabius said.

The United States, European Union and the United Nations have recently criticised Israel leading to the isolation of Israel. 

Fabius previously called for an Israeli-Palestinian compromise with the support of the European Union and UN Security Council members.

In recent months, protests against the ongoing Israeli occupation have increased in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

More than 165 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since October 1, while about 25 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians during the same period.

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