Geneva Initiative Annexes
Geneva Initiative Annexes

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The Geneva Initiative welcomes the Paris Peace Conference

The Geneva Initiative, an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Organization, warmly welcomes the upcoming international conference in Paris, and deeply appreciates the efforts made by France and the participating governments to help the two sides advance a process leading to peace between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. 
We at the Geneva Initiative firmly believe that the two-state solution is the only solution that can bring peace, security, freedom and hope to both nations. We call the conference participants to affirm their unequivocal commitment to the vision of two states living side by side in peace and security based on resolutions 242 of 1967, 338 of 1973, and also recalling relevant UNSC resolutions including 2334 and highlighting the importance and relevancy of the Arab Peace Initiative.
The ongoing bloodshed in our region tragically demonstrates the urgency of ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We strongly condemn any violent action, regret any loss of life and call the international community to help put an end to this cycle of violence and open a new era in the history of Israeli-Palestinian relations.  
We recognize that the two-state solution cannot be fully implemented immediately. However, we are confident that the peace plan put forward by the Geneva Initiative, which is remarkably similar to the six principles of peace presented recently by Secretary of State John Kerry, demonstrates that a two-state solution that genuinely addresses both peoples' interests is still feasible. We call upon the conference participants to present practical ways leading to the realization of the two-state solution, and assure them that the majority of Israelis and Palestinians still support the two-state solution. As an Israeli-Palestinian civil society organization, we will support and cooperate with any international initiative that will aim to promote this solution. 
The Geneva Initiative is looking forward to working together with any international actor who is willing to advance the two-state solution. On behalf of the silent majority on both sides, we say to you today: we are not giving up on peace. Please do not give up on us. 
 


 GI's Palestinian and Israeli Directors meeting Pierre Vimont, the French Special Envoy for the Middle East peace process, June 2016