President Sarkozy today had a meeting with Mr Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, on the occasion of his third official visit to France since 2007.
President Sarkozy and President Abbas discussed at length both the efforts being made to relaunch the peace process and the situation within the Palestinian Territories and regional issues.
The Head of State stressed the urgent need for a resumption of the negotiation process between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the basis of which is known and whose aim is the creation of a viable, independent and democratic Palestinian State. Emphasizing that he would never compromise on the security of Israel, President Sarkozy reaffirmed that the creation of a Palestinian State will be the best guarantee of Israel’s security.
President Sarkozy emphasized that it was crucial, if the peace process was to be resumed, that settlement activities should cease, as is requested by the whole of the international community.
President Sarkozy and the Palestinian President discussed the proposal put forward by France and Egypt to hold a Summit based around the members of the Union for the Mediterranean in order to support the peace process once it has been relaunched. The Head of State and Mr Abbas considered that such a Summit would enable, if the conditions necessary to its taking place were met, an essential contribution to be made to the progress of the peace process.
The Head of State also underlined the importance of Palestinian unity and congratulated President Abbas on the success of the recent Fatah Congress. He added that the only way in which faith in peace can be restored for all Palestinians is to restart as soon as possible a genuine process yielding concrete results.
In conclusion, President Sarkozy and President Abbas discussed the situation in the region and the support that should be provided by all proponents of peace in the Middle East for the efforts of the Palestinian President and for those of the international community in order to promote the resumption of the negotiation process./.