Palestinian-Israeli peace 'within reach' - Ashton
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, Catherine Ashton, revealed in a press statement issued Thursday that the European Union will continue to support the Israeli and Palestinian parties to reach peace and security in the Middle East.
"The European Union has consistently supported a two state solution. We will continue to work hard in support of the parties to reach peace in the Middle East and security for all," said Ashton, "I welcome the resumption of direct talks between the Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams in Washington DC and commend once again Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts in achieving what is a crucial first step towards a lasting peace."
"Both Israel and the Palestinians have a reliable friend and ally in the European Union. The resumption of talks opens new doors both for developing further the EU's contribution to peace and security in the region and for deepening our relations with both parties. We will remain fully engaged with both parties and will make every effort, together with our partners, to ensure that negotiations succeed," she added.
Ashton concluded, "I firmly believe that a final end to this conflict is within reach. I call on all those who wish to see a negotiated solution to support those now engaged in talks so that the opportunity for peace can be seized."