Blair says breakthrough in Middle East possible

May 2nd, 2008 - 5:36 pm ICT by admin  

London, May 2 (DPA) Middle East peace envoy and former British prime minister Tony Blair said Friday he was hopeful that a breakthrough in the Middle East peace process could be achieved despite the “terrible situation” in Gaza. Speaking at a conference in London, Blair said he believed a breakthrough was “on the cards” between Palestinians and Israelis.

“The reason why I remain, in the end, not merely determined but also believe that we can achieve a breakthrough is that there is a focus now both on improving the Palestinian security capability and on getting economic and social development going.”

If progress was made improving the situation on the ground in both Gaza and the West Bank the political negotiations could move ahead.

“This political negotiation can move forward better and faster than people think at the present time but it requires an enormous commitment and effort,” said Blair.

Despite the “difficult situation” in Gaza it should be possible to end the current deadlock.

“There s a different and better way through. That is for the terror attacks and the rocket attacks and the smuggling of weapons to stop, for the action therefore by Israel also to stop and for a progressive lifting of the restrictions and the opening of the border,” said Blair.

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