France to invite Palestine, Israel for peace talks

July 6th, 2011 - 9:06 am ICT by IANS  

Paris, July 6 (IANS) France plans to invite Palestinian and Israeli leaders for peace talks scheduled for September in Paris, a media report said.

France is eager to generate a concrete alternative to stop the long deadly conflict in the Middle East, Xinhua reported citing Europe 1 radio.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said he hoped Palestine and Israel could return to the dialogue with more effort from the Middle East Quartet - the European Union, UN, US and Russia.

“France is now planning to organise a donor conference for Palestinians in the first half of September and which would be a conference of peace with Israel,” Europe 1 radio quoted Juppe as saying.

Direct negotiations between Palestine and Israel have not proceeded since 2008.

The Palestinian authority will reportedly ask the UN General Assembly in September to recognise a Palestinian state.

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