• France's news in English
 
app_header_v3
France won't 'automatically' recognize Palestine state
Photo: AFP

France won't 'automatically' recognize Palestine state

The Local/AFP · 10 Mar 2016, 08:20

Published: 10 Mar 2016 08:20 GMT+01:00

His predecessor, Laurent Fabius, had stirred Israeli anger in January by proposing such a conference and saying France would "recognize a Palestinian state" if peace talks failed.

"There is never anything automatic. France will present its initiative to its partners. It will be the first step, there is no pre-requisite," Ayrault said when asked by a journalist in Cairo about Fabius's remarks.

Ayrault is on a two-day visit to Egypt to discuss the French initiative for hosting an international conference "by this summer" to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks brokered by Washington that collapsed in April 2014.

"What we want, and that is our commitment, is to resume the negotiation process," he told reporters at a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukri.

Shukri said Cairo "appreciates" the French initiative, which "guarantees the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people".

Israel had reacted angrily to Fabius's remarks on January 29th.

"This will be an incentive for the Palestinians to come and not compromise," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Fabius said that France was looking to revive plans for an international conference to "bring about the two-state solution" to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"And what will happen if this last-ditch attempt at reaching a negotiated solution hits a stumbling block?" Fabius asked.

"In that case, we will have to live up to our responsibilities and recognize a Palestinian state."

Ayrault said on Wednesday that France's goal was "simple - to mobilize the international community around the only possible solution, that of two states".

"We shouldn't exclude anything, but I don't want to put this (recognition) as a pre-requisite," he told reporters travelling with him to Cairo.

Story continues below…

"Otherwise we are going to block everyone," he said, reacting to reservations expressed by several European countries including Germany.

Ayrault later told the press conference ahead of a meeting with the Arab League's committee on the peace process: "France wants to relaunch the peace initiative in the Middle East with the aim of hosting an international conference by this summer ... if conditions are met."

"Behind the apparent status quo lies a rapid degradation of the situation on the ground," he said, adding that the French initiative was only at its initial stage.

"We are multiplying contacts. The road is difficult, we are aware of that, but we have to take it because nothing would be worse than not doing anything."

The Local/AFP (news.france@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
French mayors dismiss suspended burqini ban
Photo: Jean Christophe Magnenet /AFP

The row over France’s burqini ban continues with several mayors vowing to keep restrictions in place despite the country’s top court suspending the ban in the resort town of Villeneuve-Loubet.

France's top court suspends burqini ban
Photo: bellmon1/Flickr

France's highest administrative court has suspended a town's ban on wearing the full-body burqini swimsuit.

Milk price raised, but French farmers still unhappy
The sign on the tractor reads 'We're dying', as farmers blocked Lactalis dairy headquarters. Photo: AFP

Milk prices have been raised by France's biggest dairy group to placate farmers, but unions say their demands have not been met.

Burqini bans 'dividing France's Muslim women'
Photo: AFP

The burqini bans have divided France, but they have also left Muslim women in France in two groups, argues a professor who has spent years studying the impact of the burqa.

Pizza-delivery drones could be on their way to France
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's your pizza. Photo: AFP

No more need to deal with grumpy French waiters...

Heatwave drags on as France faces red-hot weekend
Photo: AFP

France will see searing temperatures on Friday and Saturday, as the heatwave warnings have been extended (once again).

Nice: The French capital of burqini fines
The beach in the Riviera city of Nice. Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

It's one of only two of the 30 towns with a burqini ban in place to have actually given out any fines.

How to make France's famed Île Flottante dessert
Photo: Paul Oatway

France-based food blogger Laura Tobin shares her recipe for this delicious French dessert.

France's top court set to rule on burqini ban
Photo: bellmon1/Flickr

France's highest administrative court will decide this afternoon whether to overturn the burqini ban.

Corsica bushfire leaves 500 hectares scorched
Photos: AFP

A massive fire left 500 hectares of bushland in Corsica ravaged.

Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Education
French schools to ramp up security with 'mock attacks'
Sponsored Article
5 reasons to try dating in Paris with The Inner Circle
Features
Where to go in France to find the best ice cream
National
Majority in France against burqinis on beaches
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
National
How to keep cool during France's heatwave
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
Society
Parisians invited to swim in the Bassin de la Villette
Society
Five tips for surviving an internship in France
Politics
Déja vu? Familiar faces in France's presidential race
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
National
Meet the man paying off burqini fines in France
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
National
Eight tips on buying wine in a French supermarket
Society
Here's how to enjoy Paris (while avoiding the heat)
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
Society
Ten mistakes to avoid when dating a Frenchman
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Society
Twelve 'French' things that aren't actually French at all
'World's priciest home' on sale in French Riviera for €1 billion
Sponsored Article
Jordan Pass: your ticket to the experience of a lifetime
Lifestyle
RECIPE: How to make the tastiest ratatouille
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
National
Paris sees Europe's biggest plunge in 'liveability'
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
National
Life on the home front in rural France's 'war on terror'
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
Features
Weird facts you didn't know about the French language
Society
Paris foodie event cancelled over lack of security
How to tackle six of the trickiest French verbs
National
Summer in France - 'the ideal time to find a job'
National
'Burqini bans will only divide France more'
National
French vineyards revive horse-drawn ploughs
French mayor bans Pokemon Go app from his village
2,761
jobs available