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Parliamentary questions
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17 March 2015
E-000110/2015(ASW)
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000110/2015

The EU supports the UN system, the widest application of its multilateral conventions as well as the widest possible participation in the Rome Statute. We have taken note of the Palestinian accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and to the Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Criminal Court (APIC). The Court is an independent, permanent court; and its proceedings are legal processes that should be allowed to run their course. The EU has consistently called for both parties to refrain from any unilateral actions and resume direct negotiations towards a peace settlement based on the two state solution, and has called on the Palestinian leadership to use its international status constructively and not to weaken efforts by partners to bring the parties back to the negotiating table.

Regarding the EU's role in the peace process, I have been clear since the very beginning of my HR/VP mandate about the willingness of the EU to play a major role in the peace process. I demonstrated my commitment by visiting the region in my first official visit as High Representative outside the European Union, and discussing the peace process with Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas. The EU has repeatedly affirmed our commitment to work with the parties and all major stakeholders, including the Quartet, the Arab League and the United Nations Security Council, to help the parties return to negotiations.

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