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Source: European Union (EU)
27 October 2004

Declaration by the Presidency of the European Union on the acceptance of the disengagement plan by the Knesset

[ 27-10-2004 | Press releases (CFSP) | General Affairs and External Relations ]

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bernard Bot, speaking as President of the Council of Ministers of the European Union, welcomed the vote in the Israeli Knesset on 26 October which supports prime minister Sharons’s disengagement proposal. This decision is regarded as an important step towards a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, provided the disengagement is implemented consistent with the five elements the EU identified at the European Council meeting of March 2004, namely that it takes place in the context of the Roadmap, it is a step towards a two-State solution, it does not involve a transfer of settlement activity to the west Bank, there is an organised and negotiated handover of responsibility to the Palestinian Authority and that Israel facilitates the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Gaza. In this regard, Minister Bot reiterated the EU’s commitment to a negotiated 2-State solution agreed between the parties which would result in a viable, contiguous, sovereign and independent Palestinian state existing side by side in peace with an Israel living within recognised and secure borders.

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