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Envoys urge Israel, Palestinians to back peace

4 months 1 week 1 day ago January 15, 2017 Jan 15, 2017 Sunday, January 15 2017 January 15, 2017 12:15 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

PARIS - More than 70 countries have called on Israel and the Palestinians to restate their commitment to a peace settlement and to refrain from unilateral actions.

The closing statement at a Mideast peace conference in Paris on Sunday was meant to send a powerful message to Israel and the incoming Trump administration to keep hopes alive for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

Trump's campaign platform made no mention of Palestinian independence - the solution favored by the international community.

The statement urged both sides to "officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution" and disassociate from voices that reject this. It also called for them not to take one-side actions that could prejudge talks.

While the Palestinians welcomed the conference, Israel called it "rigged."

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