Switzerland is ready to mediate in the talks between Israel and Palestine
Switzerland is concerned about the danger of destabilization of the region after the annexation by Israel of the Palestinian territories, it will not be recognized and is ready to mediate in the negotiations of the two States, said in a statement published on the government website on Thursday.
As noted in the statement, Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga held June 29, a telephone conversation with President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas and July 2 - with the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin.
"During these phone contacts, the President confirmed the willingness of Switzerland to facilitate the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian authority, if the parties so request. To this end, Switzerland is ready to offer its good offices", - stated in the document.
According to Sommaruga, which she expressed in an interview with the President of Israel, the annexation of the West Bank is incompatible with international law and will create an obstacle to return to the negotiating table to resolve the middle East conflict.
"The President reaffirmed the commitment of Switzerland to contribute to the establishment of a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on the principle of coexistence of two States, respect for international law and relevant resolutions of the United Nations. She stated that Switzerland will not recognize any changes if they are to emerge from the agreed by both parties", - the document says.
The US President Donald trump on 28 January presented a plan of peaceful settlement known as "the deal of the century". The plan of the White house to recognize Jerusalem as the unified and indivisible capital of Israel, makes Israel the opportunity to Annex Palestinian territory in the West Bank of the Jordan river and to extend its sovereignty over the Jordan valley, and also offers the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state without control over its borders and airspace. As the future capital of Palestine, the plan provides the village of Abu Dis in the Eastern suburbs of Jerusalem.
The Palestinians and some countries, this plan is not adopted, as it, in their view, deprives Palestinians of the right to those areas that are stipulated by the UN resolutions. The head of the Palestinian national authority, Mahmoud Abbas, the new plan is also rejected, saying that the Palestinians insist on recognition of their state in the 1967 borders with its capital in Jerusalem.
May 19, Abbas said that Palestine decided to terminate all agreements with Israel and the United States on the background of the intentions of the Israeli government to join Palestinian land.