UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Palestinians demand that the European Union assume responsibility for defending a two-state solution if the next US peace plan ignores the question of a Palestinian state, Palestinian ambassador to the UN Riyad Mansour said Tuesday.
The administration of US President Donald Trump is expected to unveil the long-awaited plan next month, but the Palestinians have since rejected it, saying it is biased in favor of Israel.
Mansour told reporters that he urged European officials during recent meetings in Brussels to take the initiative and not allow the United States to be the most prominent player in the Middle East peace process.
The Palestinians urged the European Union to call for an international conference to underscore the global consensus on a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and reject the US approach.
“We are pushing them to engage, they have to move,” Mansour told reporters on his meetings with European officials.
“We will be very happy to show that there is more than one player on the scene, to determine how we will proceed.”
Palestinians also urged European states – notably France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg – to recognize Palestine as a state.
UN resolutions confirm a two-state solution that allows for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.
Mansour said the Palestinians wanted Russia to strengthen its diplomatic activity in the Middle East.
The US peace plan is expected to include proposals for economic development at the regional level, including Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.
Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of the US president, is the chief architect of the proposals.
Mansour pointed out that the US plan, which has not yet been seen, apparently aims to provide a “pretext” for the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex more Palestinian territories.
During the election campaign, Netanyahu pledged to annex West Bank settlements in a move that would eliminate any chances for a viable Palestinian state.
Mansour said he was convinced that the Palestinians still had “significant support in the international arena” but pointed out that if diplomacy failed, the battle could turn into a demographic war.
“If that’s what they want to force us to – the reality of a single state – the Palestinian people will accelerate the machines of reproduction to increase the number of Palestinians facing apartheid,” he said.
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