Rinkēvičs: two state solution is only way to middle east peace

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Latvia's Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took part in the international Conference for Peace in the Middle East on 15 January in Paris, aimed at expressing support for the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and the so-called "two-state solution" in the region.

According to a Foreign Ministry press release, the Foreign Minister "delivered remarks emphasising that the international community must mobilize all means to facilitate a return to peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians," saying there "is no alternative to a two-state solution achievable through negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians."

Rinkēvičs called on both parties to avoid unilateral actions which could undermine the peace process, the release added, without quoting him directly at any point.

"The minister commended various international initiatives seeking to speed up the peace process and called on Israel and the Palestinians to demonstrate their political will by acting on the recommendations offered, and thereby deescalating tensions in order to resume talks," it concluded.

The conference adopted a joint declaration voicing support for the two-state solution to be achieved through negotiations.

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