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Israel-Palestinian two-state solution in 'serious danger': Ayrault

AFP , Friday 3 Jun 2016
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French Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault arrives to host an international and interministerial meeting in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, in Paris, on June 3, 2016 (Photo: AFP)
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault warned Friday that hopes of a two-state solution in the Israel-Palestinian conflict were in "serious danger" without a peace process on the table.

Ayrault, who hosted an international meeting in Paris in a bid to revive the moribund peace process, said that a solution which would see Israelis and Palestinians living side by side was "getting further away each day."

"We must act, urgently, to preserve the two-state solution, revive it before it is too late," Ayrault said after the meeting.

Neither Israeli nor Palestinian representatives attended the meeting.

France portrayed Friday's meeting as a first step by the international community to weigh different options, but the Americans have been chilly towards the talks, although Secretary of State John Kerry attended.

"We have chosen to extend a hand to the Israelis and the Palestinians. We hope that they accept it," Ayrault said.

A statement released by all those attending also re-affirmed support for the two-state solution.

"The participants... are alarmed that actions on the ground, in particular continued acts of violence and ongoing settlement activity, are dangerously imperilling the prospects for a two-state solution," read the statement.

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