GI leaders join UN Asia and Pacific meeting on Israeli-Palestinian peace

On July 11 and 12, Geneva Initiative Israeli and Palestinian Directors-General addressed the United Nations Asian and Pacific meeting in support of Israeli-Palestinian peace.


The event took place in Bangkok, Thailand and looked at obstacles and opportunities on the road to achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and encouraged broad international in this respect. It considered ways in which governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society can be instrumental in helping the parties resume and strengthen the political dialogue and resolving the conflict.
Nidal Foqaha and Gadi Baltiansky, Directors-General of the Geneva Initiative in Ramallah and Tel Aviv, were invited by the United Nations to address the participants on the main obstacles in the curent peace process and their outlook on how to integrate the role of Asian and Pacific countries.
Baltiansky stated that "the conventional wisdom that peace is not doable in the coming years is "wrong as well as dangerous... the only way to predict the future is to shape it". He also explained that since Asia-Pacific region comprises 30 per cent of the United Nations, they could play an important role in emphasizing the Middle East peace process. For example, Security Council resolution calling for a two-state solution based on the previously mentioned paramenters is a good idea to "push our leaders to a place, perhaps event to a physical space, where they will have to make decisions."
Foqaha stated that in order to break the status quo there must be a freeze on settlement activity by the Israeli Government, an agreement on borders and security, and turning Area 'C', which constitues 60 per cent of the Palestinian Territory, to Area 'B' or 'A', which would maitain ensure Palestinian continguity and integrity for the future Palestinian state.
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