(JNS) Over 40 countries and delegations joined a high-level meeting at the United Nations on Monday aimed at injecting new life into moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
The meeting, dubbed a “Peace Day Effort,” was the initiative of the European Union, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and the Arab League.
“The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is deteriorating dangerously. With our initiative we want to support the path towards a comprehensive peace between Israel and Palestine,” tweeted High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, he said that 30 years after the signing of the Oslo Accords, “we cannot say we are closer to peace between Israel and Palestine.”
Arguing for a “stronger effort,” Borrell said that “if we want a two-state solution, everybody has to support it in practical terms.”
He said the participants had agreed to establish three senior-level working groups: 1. regional, political and security 2. economic, trade and environment, and 3. humanitarian and cultural.
The groups will start working in one month in Brussels, he said.
“If everybody was really engaged in supporting this two-state solution, the solution would be there already,” he said. “We have to pass from words to deeds.”