MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS Senator the Hon. Bob Carr

ELECTIONS IN ISRAEL




MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS Senator the Hon. Bob Carr

ELECTIONS IN ISRAEL

(Translation appears in Arabic section)

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today urged the incoming government of Israel to accord a high priority to the resumption without preconditions, of direct negotiations with the Palestinian people on a two-state solution.

“Israel's national elections reflect its proud democratic tradition," Senator Carr said.

"While a new coalition government has yet to be formed, Australia looks forward to continued close cooperation with Israel including on issues of regional peace and security.

"Australia strongly supports a negotiated two-state solution resulting in a secure Israel alongside a Palestinian state.

"There is an urgent need for progress in this peace process.

“Resolution of the Israel- Palestinian conflict would also strengthen the forces of democracy and moderation throughout the Middle East."

Senator Carr’s comments follow a joint Australia-United Kingdom communique on January 18 which:

           called on the United States to lead a major effort in 2013 to achieve a negotiated two-state solution with a secure Israel alongside a Palestinian state; 

           called on the Palestinian Authority and the new Israeli government “to engage seriously in negotiations without preconditions”

           said “actions by both sides must be in the interests of peace”

           called on the Palestinian Authority “to exercise restraint and avoid provocative actions at international forums” following the Palestinian status vote in the United Nations

           urged the Palestinians “to resolve their internal differences, unite for peace and cease acts of violence against Israel;” and

           called for the Palestinians “to abide by the terms of the Gaza ceasefire and to stop all rocket attacks” and

           Called on Israel to stop settlement activity.


 














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