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First of all let me say that it is a pleasure to welcome you, Mr President, again in Brussels and let me say that the meeting we had today has been very important.
Our main point for discussion was the need to restore the conditions for a peace perspective between Palestine and Israel. We are, in Europe, extremely worried about the deteriorating situation in the Middle East - just yesterday we saw the killing of a young Palestinian boy - and we believe that the deterioration of the situation on the ground is against the interest of the Palestinians, of the Israelis and also of the international community, including the Europeans.
As you know, the European Union is very much engaged, in coordination with the international community and with our regional partners and friends, in particular in the framework of the Quartet that is finalising these days a report. We have invested as the European Union a lot in the work on the report in the last months and we expect the report to come out in the coming days; including with some substantial recommendations to the parties on how to overcome the trends that are making the perspective of the two states fading away.
The European Union is strongly committed and constantly engaged for the two states solution. The EU Foreign Ministers restated collectively this consolidated position - that has never changed over years and which is very clear - just last Monday. Our work is going in that direction and is consistent with the relevant UN Security Council's resolutions.
We are working closely with our Arab friends as well to see how the Arab Peace Initiative can be operationalised. We work with the parties because we know very well that the international community and Europe have a responsibility to create an international and regional framework that can facilitate the two state solution, but the ultimate responsibility stands with the Palestinians and the Israelis, their leaderships and their people.
My friend, President Abbas, knows very well that he can count always on the European Union's support. The Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people can count on the European support. We are working day-by-day to ensure that our support is as effective as it can be for all the Palestinians. What counts for us is that the lives of Palestinian people, be that in West Bank, in Gaza, elsewhere, gets better. I know that this can sound strange, especially to the younger Palestinians who have lived only in difficult conditions in their young age, but this is what the Europeans are trying to work for.
We will also encourage different Palestinian factions to bring the ongoing reconciliation efforts to positive results on the basis of democracy and PLO principles and I know that President Abbas is personally very much committed to that. We know this is also important for the two state solution because we need a viable Palestinian entity for that to take place.
Sorry again. Before giving the floor Mr President, let me reiterate that fact that the current situation on the ground is extremely dangerous for all – Palestinians, Israelis, for Europeans, for all the international community. We want to see settlements expansion to stop, we want to see demolitions to stop, we want to see violence and also incitement to violence to stop. We are trying to work to find a solution and I know you are committed to that. I hope that we will find the way of getting to the two states. Thank you very much for your work and for your visit here.
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