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to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on recognition of Palestinian statehood (2014/2964(RSP))

Charles Tannock, Geoffrey Van Orden, Anna Elżbieta Fotyga, Mark Demesmaeker, Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Bas Belder on behalf of the ECR Group

B8‑0359/201 European Parliament resolution on recognition of Palestinian statehood (2014/2964(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to its previous resolutions on the Middle East,

–       having regard to the conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council on the Middle East Peace Process of 17 November 2014,

–       having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas the EU has repeatedly confirmed its support for the two-state solution, with the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security, and has called for the resumption of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA);

1.      Expresses its deepest concern at the growing tension and increasing violence in the region; condemns all the recent terrorist attacks; expresses its condolences to the families of the victims, including those who died on 18 November 2014 as a result of an attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem;

2.      Maintains that a two-state solution is the only viable outcome for long-term peace and stability; notes with concern that a unilateral declaration of independence will not result in a sustainable solution; reiterates that a diplomatic approach under the auspices of the Middle East Quartet which includes direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians is necessary in order to achieve a peaceful resolution of the conflict and the recognition of Palestinian statehood;

3.      Underlines the fact that a necessary part of a balanced solution is recognition by the Palestinians of the right of Israel to exist and to safeguard its legitimate security and safety interests; recalls that the EU wishes to see Gaza under the leadership of the Palestinian Authority, implementing law and order and abiding by democratic values and principles, and insists that all armed groups not under the control of the PA in Gaza must disarm;

4.      Reiterates its sympathy with Israelis and Palestinians who are frustrated by the politically tense situation that they endure every day, and recognises that for the most part the majority of Israeli and Palestinian citizens simply want to go about their daily lives in peace and security;

5.      Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the President of the UN General Assembly, the governments and parliaments of the members of the UN Security Council, the Middle East Quartet Envoy, the Knesset and the Government of Israel, the President of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Legislative Council.

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