Swiss Foreign Minister Meets with G.I. Heads to Discuss Ways to end the Violence

The Swiss Foreign Minister, Didier Burkhalter, met today (13.10.15) with the Israeli and Palestinian heads of the Geneva Initiative to discuss ways to end the current cycle of violence and begin a substantive diplomatic process.


Councillor Burkhalter reiterated the Swiss commitment to promote the two state solution and emphasized the support of his government for the Geneva Initiative and the wide range of activities organized by its Tel Aviv and Ramallah offices.

The heads of the Initiative, including Yasser Abed Rabbo and Yossi Beilin, proposed to work together in the local, regional and international arenas to promote a practical program which would include both measures in the field and a political horizon which could be progressively implemented.
Senior Initiative members from both sides expressed their sorrow at the recent loss of life, expressed their hope that calm will soon return and repeated their commitment to assisting in creating a diplomatic process which could provide a real, long term solution to the conflict.