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Abbas welcomes French push for peace in Paris visit

April 16, 2016 7:47 P.M. (Updated: April 17, 2016 3:53 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on a visit to Paris on Friday said he fully supported recent French efforts to end the Israeli military occupation, reiterating that settlement expansion was the main obstacle for peace.

In a televised conference with his French counterpart Francois Hollande, Abbas praised France’s push earlier this year for a new peace initiative, the failure of which could eventually result in France's recognition of Palestine.

Abbas briefed Hollande on ongoing Israeli violations against Palestinians, and voiced support for an international peace conference proposed by France last month.

The Palestinian president told Hollande he -- in consultation with Arab states -- was preparing to submit a new resolution to the UN regarding the illegality of Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Paris was the first stop of many Abbas will make during an international tour over the next few weeks. The leader is expected to fly to Moscow for his next stop, before travelling to Germany and the US.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has repeatedly carried out efforts towards pushing peace initiatives between Palestinian and Israeli leadership, but has subsequently come up empty handed.

In 2014 and 2015, Fabius pushed a UN resolution that laid out parameters for peace talks that failed after Palestinian leadership disagreed with the resolution's final amendments and the US and Israel pressured France to halt its efforts.

The UN resolution proposed by Fabius was slammed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who in June of 2015 said: "The only way to reach an agreement is through bilateral negotiations, and we will forcibly reject any attempts to force upon us international dictates.”

Rapid settlement expansion on occupied Palestinian land has continued under Netanyahu’s watch, despite remarks by the Israeli PM that settlement growth is minuscule is not actually “a core issue.”

Peace negotiations between Israel and Palestinian leadership have been ongoing for decades and are largely viewed by Palestinians as having failed to make any progress towards ending the military occupation by Israel.

The most recent spate of negotiations led by the US collapsed in April 2014.
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