France will push through with international peace summit with or without Israel
French President Francois Hollande and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a press conference, Paris, France, October 31, 2012. (AFP/Martin Bureau)
France is denying reports that it has shelved plans to hold an international conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Paris next month.
Recent reports quoted President Francois Hollande as saying he is facing difficulties convening the summit, in light of the results of the US election and Israel’s vehement opposition to the conference.
“As President Hollande reaffirmed in his speech to the UN General Assembly on September 20, our goal is to convene an international conference in order to help relaunch the Middle East peace process,” a spokesperson from the French Foreign Ministry says. “We are working closely with our partners and in collaboration with the parties to that end.”
Paris’s special envoy to the planned conference, Pierre Vimont, recently visited the United States, days after he came to Jerusalem and Ramallah for talks with senior officials.
“He will continue this work during his upcoming visits to our main partner countries,” the statement reads.
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