EU sees G20 consensus on two-state solution for Israel-Palestinian conflict

Friday, Feb 23, 2024

RIO DE JANEIRO: Foreign ministers at the G20 group of nations meeting in Brazil were of one opinion on the need for a two-state solution as the only path to peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Thursday.

“Everybody here, everybody. I haven’t heard anyone against it. There was a strong request for a two-state solution,” he told reporters. “It is consensus among us,” he added. Borrell’s view was supported by other delegates who said every speaker who addressed the war in Gaza called for the two-state solution.

“There is a common denominator: there is not going to be peace ... not going to be sustainable security for Israel unless the Palestinians have a clear political prospect to build their own state,” said Borrell, the EU minister for foreign affairs.

He said the crisis in Gaza extends to the West Bank, which is “absolutely boiling” as Israeli settlers are “attacking Palestinian civilians.”

Borrell said he had asked G20 host country Brazil to “explain to the world that at the G20 everybody was in favor of this solution.” “We have to mobilize our political capacity to push for this solution to be implemented. Otherwise is just wishful thinking,” he said. Borrell said he expects Arab nations will make a peace proposal for Gaza in coming days.