A high-level French diplomat has denied any news regarding France halting the French peace summit that is set to take place in December, saying it will go on whether “with or without Israel.” The statement, released by the French embassy in Tel Aviv, comes after the Israeli newspaper, Ynet, published news claiming that France will stop efforts to hold the peace summit. The French consul in Jerusalem, Pierre Cochard said “as [French president] mentioned in his address to the General Assembly of the United Nations on 20 September, the French objective is to convene an international conference to help revive the peace process in the Middle East. We work closely with our partners and with the parties to this end. After working visits to Israel and the Palestinian territories, the special envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pierre Vimont, has just visited the United States. It will continue this work on future trips to the main partner countries,” Cochard added.
Meanwhile, Israel said it will not participate in the summit since it goes against its official stance, and “enables Palestinians to avoid direct negotiations without preconditions. In addition, a statement from Netanyahu’s office called on France not to promote such an initiative. The conference amis to revive the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and end the Israeli occupation. It has had a strong support from the Palestinian officials, and strong opposition from the Israeli side.
Here, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi met with Irish Representative Jonathan Conlon at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah and welcomed him to Palestine. Both parties reviewed Palestinian-Irish relations at length, and Dr. Ashrawi expressed her appreciation to Ireland for its continued backing of Palestine at the United Nations and its ongoing support of Palestinian self-determination and human rights. She urged the Irish government to recognize Palestine in the immediate future. Dr. Ashrawi and Mr. Conlon also discussed matters related to the latest global and European developments and the role of Ireland in the EU.
Dr. Ashrawi provided an assessment of the alarming and worsening conditions on the ground and Israel’s persistent violations of international law and conventions.