Israel/ Palestinian Territories – Meeting of the expanded Quartet – Statement by Laurent Fabius (1st, october, 2015)

I welcome the fact that the Quartet was expanded to the P5, to include the main Arab and European partners and other major contributors, in order to discuss the peace process between Israel and Palestine, as France wanted.

This meeting provided an opportunity to reaffirm the international community’s attachment to the two-state solution, which is under serious threat on the ground.

We discussed the measures to be taken in order to encourage the parties to return to the path of credible negotiations. I proposed working toward three objectives:

  • the confidence-building measures needed to ease tensions on the ground, notably with respect to the preservation of the status quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem and settlement activity;
  • collective support for the inter-Palestinian reconciliation process;
  • the identification of incentives and international guarantees in support of a final agreement, such as the revitalization of the Arab peace initiative, trade links with the EU and security guarantees.

France would like to reuse this format at the level of senior officials in order to make progress on each of these points and to prepare for a future ministerial meeting.