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Germany has committed a total of 100 million euros to the Palestinian Territories for 2013. It was important, Chancellor Merkel said after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, that economic development was successful and tangible for the population.
Following her meeting with President Abbas in Berlin Angela Merkel emphasized that it was very important for the Federal Government that the possible US-led Israeli-Palestinian talks were a success. She said the two leaders had discussed the prospects for that.
The Chancellor said: “Germany has always indicated that unilateral steps are not the way to push forward the peace process.” Negotiations were the only way to bring about a solution, she added. Asked about settlement building, she urged Israel to show restraint with its settlement policy. President Abbas stressed that the Palestinian side was serious in its efforts to conduct the negotiations.
A lasting resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can, in Germany’s view, only be achieved through negotiations that lead to a two-State solution: The State of Israel and an independent, democratic and viable Palestinian state.
On his trip to Israel and Palestine in March 2013 US President Barack Obama had tried to canvas support for negotiations without preconditions. Based on an initiative launched by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israel and Palestine held direct talks in Washington in July. It was agreed that confidential negotiations on all relevant issues would be conducted.