The two-state solution has never been so necessary
Middle East Peace Process / Syria / Enforced Disappearance - Remarks to the press by François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - 16 February 2017
A few words first on the Middle East peace process, given the consultations that we will have.
As you know, we consider that the two-state solution has never been so threatened and yet so necessary, both. Threatened by settlements and by violence. Necessary because it is in our views the only political option that answers both the Palestinian need for justice and the Israeli need for security. And there is no plan B.
Let me add that should the prospect of a Palestinian State disappear, as a mirage in the desert, it would open the door to more extremism and more terrorism.
So for these reasons, and again I appreciate the fact that we have some consultations, we are more convinced than ever, actually.
Q: How does the US position undermine efforts for the two-state solution? You mentioned the threats to the two-state solution, is that not a threat to the two-state solution that the Americans are not backing it?
No, when I say that there are threats to the two-state solution, I mean, and I said it time and again in the past, that there is no status quo in the region. Any status quo is actually a regression on the ground and in the minds, with progress of radicalization, for all the reasons we know. That’s what I meant, nothing more, and again I really won’t comment on any other country’s position in this respect.
The second point I would like to mention briefly is one word about enforced disappearance.
Tomorrow will mark the 10 year anniversary of the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. On this occasion, the PGA, supported by France and Argentina, will hold a high level meeting, which will be the occasion to review the impact of the Convention and the progress made. This is a very important point.
Our Secretary of State Matthias Fekl will attend this important event for France.
As you know The Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance was signed in Paris in February 2007. So there is a strong French touch on this.
We’ve been engaged from the beginning on this issue and played a leading role for the adoption of the Convention 10 years ago. I don’t want to be too long on that, but we see this event tomorrow as a important way to mobilize more the international community on this question that many tend to forget and that is really crucially important.
Q: On the topic of counter-extremism, there is now a course of talks between allies about operations in Raqqa and the US considering other options. Can you give us an update about those talks, given France’s major position? Will France participate?
Number one, it is not up to me to comment on the day to day operations in Raqqa. Let me just remind you that Raqqa is for France a national security priority. It is our number one priority in Syria because it is in Raqqa that the major terrorist attacks were planned and conceived against Paris in particular. So this is our number one priority. And let me also remind you that France is the second largest contributor to the allied operations in Syria and Iraq. So yes, we are part of it, consulting with our friends and allies on this and this is our number one priority and a national security priority.