As President Sarkozy has had the opportunity to say in recent weeks to President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who were present in Paris, the status quo in the Middle East is no longer tenable. It’s even less so because the regional context has profoundly changed as a result of the Egyptian revolution, of course, and the tragic events unfolding in Syria.
So dialogue must be resumed – that’s the message we’re continuously sending the key players – and on the basis of clear parameters: those defined by the Quartet, namely a return to the 1967 borders, with an agreed exchange of territories, guarantees of security and regional integration for Israel, and Jerusalem as the capital of the two States.
As you pointed out, an agreement has just been signed in Cairo between the different Palestinian players, Hamas and Fatah. We welcomed that agreement. We think it may contribute to Palestinian reconciliation and also to progress in the peace process. Not all the components have yet been clarified. That’s why we’re calling on Hamas to commit itself clearly to the three conditions you’re aware of, namely rencouncing terrorism, respecting the international agreements already reached and, finally, fully recognizing the State of Israel.
I don’t think this agreement is a threat we must barricade ourselves against: on the contrary, it’s a chance to be seized. That’s what I’ll try to argue in a visit I intend to pay to the region in the coming days. If we manage to convene a donors’ conference that’s also a political conference, we won’t be preparing for the key meeting of the United Nations General Assembly amid a status quo: rather, we’ll be taking the initiative./.