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Statement by the Spokesperson on the approval of new settlements units in the occupied West Bank

In line with their decision announced in Munich on 12 February 2016 and underlining their commitment to support a comprehensive, just, and lasting resolution to the Palestinian–Israeli conflict, the representatives of the Middle East Quartet – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United States Secretary of State John Kerry, European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – present a report on the situation on the ground focusing on major threats to achieving a negotiated peace and offering reco


Conformément à leur décision annoncée à Munich, le 12 février 2016, et insistant sur leur soutien résolu à une solution globale, juste et durable au conflit israélo‑palestinien, les représentants du Quatuor pour le Moyen‑Orient, à savoir le ministre russe des affaires étrangères, Sergei Lavrov, le Secrétaire d'État américain, John Kerry, la haute représentante de l'Union pour la politique étrangère et de sécurité commune, Federica Mogherini, et le secrétaire général des Nations unies, Ban Ki‑moon, présentent un rapport qui fait le point de la situation sur le terrain, principalement axé sur


At its meeting in Munich on 12 February 2016, the Middle East Quartet reiterated its concern that current trends are imperiling the viability of the two-state solution. Underlining its commitment to supporting a comprehensive, just, and lasting resolution to the Palestinian–Israeli conflict, the Quartet agreed to prepare a report on the situation on the ground.

In times of multiple crises, we tend to focus on the most recent one. But particularly in times like these, we cannot lose sight of the conflict in Israel and Palestine. We need to shake life back into the peace process, and do it as a matter of urgency. Violence is on the rise every single day, with victims of both sides. We risk a new escalation, and the very chance of peace is slipping away. We cannot afford it.

The Resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict is a fundamental interest of the EU. The EU’s objective is a two-state solution with an independent, democratic, viable and contiguous Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security with Israel and its other neighbours.