Feb. 3, 2016
- France Undermines the Oslo Accords It Witnessed – Amb. Alan Baker
France is party to the EU’s signature as witness to the 1995 Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. By the same token, the UN General Assembly in Resolution A/50/21 of December 4, 1995, expressed its full support for the Oslo Accords and the peace negotiation process. Thus, it is incumbent on France, which voted in favor of the UN resolution endorsing the agreement and the negotiation process, not to attempt to undermine the same agreement and process, nor to prejudge issues that are still open and to be negotiated.
In threatening to unilaterally and arbitrarily recognize a Palestinian state, France is clearly prejudging the issue of the permanent status of the territory and is attempting both to bypass and undermine the negotiating process called for by the UN. By engaging in a parallel, un-agreed process with the declared aim of imposing upon one side – Israel – the outcome of an international conference, France is acting against all accepted norms and principles of conflict-resolution. The writer participated in the negotiation and drafting of the Oslo Accords and served as legal adviser and deputy director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)
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