Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mubarak: No other choice for Israel but two-states

Egyptian President insists solving Palestinian question is key to resolving other conflicts in region.
CAIRO - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Israel was bound to agree to a two-state solution in the Middle East because there is "no other choice," during a television interview to air later on Wednesday.
"Israel will agree to a two-state solution because it has no other choice," he told Egyptian television in an interview, trails for which were broadcast ahead of the programme.
"I told (hardline Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu there is no choice, the two-state solution is bound to happen," he said, adding that solving the Palestinian question was key to resolving other conflicts in the region.
"Any peace process for the Palestinian question means peace and stability for the entire region," he said.
Netanyahu refuses to publicly embrace the principle of a Palestinian state.
Over the past few months tensions between the United States and its staunchest ally have risen to levels not seen in 20 years as Washington presses Netanyahu to publicly back the principle of a Palestinian state and freeze all settlement activity on Palestinian occupied land occupied by Israel since 1967.
In a speech in Cairo last week, Obama repeated his call for a complete halt to Israeli settlements and said the creation of a Palestinian state was the only solution to the conflict

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