Minister Livni: The European Union will not dictate Israel’s borders
Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who’s also Israel’s lead negotiator in peace-talks with the PA, said during a meeting with German foreign minister, that any final status agreement relating to Israel’s borders will be determined only through negotiations with the Arabs and not by any EU decision.
By Yori Yalon & Edna Adato
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is also Israel’s chief negotiator in talks with the Palestinian Authority, said on Sunday during a meeting in Jerusalem with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle that in any final status agreement pertaining to the country’s borders will be determined only through negotiations by Israel and the Palestinians.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle in Jerusalem on Sunday – Photo: Contact
In a joint press conference, Livni addressed the EU boycott on Israeli goods manufactured in Judea and Samaria, or beyond the “Green Line,” saying that Israel’s borders “would not be determined by the EU.”
President Shimon Peres also met Westerwelle on Sunday, calling on him to freeze the EU decision.
“On the day that a return to the negotiating table was announced, the EU made the decision to limit its activities in the settlements,” Peres said.
“I suggest at this time that this decision be halted. For the first time the Arab world is in support of peace and Israel is united behind the two-states for two peoples solution. The decision relates to the question of borders and the differences between the West Bank and Israel, but if we reach an agreement this question will be irrelevant. We hope that this time the process will succeed,” Peres said.
Later in the day Peres also met with Martin Indyk, the U.S. special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
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