Mideast: Soru (PD), working group on Palestine in Brussels

Political affairs commission of the Union for the Med gathers

01 March, 13:51

    European lawmaker Renato Soru European lawmaker Renato Soru

    BRUSSELS - The ''creation of a working group on Palestine is a good result because it goes in the right direction, putting around the same table representatives of Israel and Palestine, as well as historically and geographically close countries'', said European lawmaker Renato Soru of the Democratic Left (PD), who heads the commission on political affairs, security and human rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean.

    The organization met yesterday afternoon in Brussels to discuss key issues like the Israeli-Palestinian situation and the grave humanitarian crisis in Syria.

    The meeting of MPs from the two shores of the Mediterranean also discussed the over 40 projects of cooperation promoted by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) currently ongoing in the Middle Eastern area and Africa. ''Only strengthening Mediterranean cooperation can set the bases for the improvement of the lives of populations and to stabilize areas today in grave crisis, like Maghreb and the Near East'', also noted Soru.

    ''The Political Commission of the PA-UfM is the only institutional place in which Palestinians and Israelis are seated at the same table as equals, discussing together with other lawmakers from the Euro-Mediterranean area the developments of the crisis in which they are the protagonists and perspectives to solve the conflict. For this reason - continued Soru - we have first of all spoken about the constitution of an ad hoc group on Palestine, based on a proposal approved by the parliamentary session of the PA-UfM last year in Lisbon: the aim is to support the birth of an independent, democratic and neighboring Palestinian State, which can live and exist in peace and security with the State of Israel, in the perspective welcomed by the international community and strongly promoted by the European Union of the two-State solution''.

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