Is the World about to take a Risk in September ? The Plan for a UN established Palestine


“Europe’s global role – what next steps?”

Ditchley Foundation lecture, by Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the CFSP
London, 11 July 2009


Defining the borders would solve the issue of territory, control over water resources and a good part of the equation for Jerusalem. And it will help tackle the question of settlements. Because it will establish on which side each various population centres will be.

After a fixed deadline, a UN Security Council resolution should proclaim the adoption of the twostate solution. This should include all the parameters of borders, refugees, Jerusalem and security arrangements. It would accept the Palestinian state as a full member of the UN, and set a calendar for implementation. It would mandate the resolution of other remaining territorial disputes and legitimise the end of claims.

International monitoring will then be crucial. As will be guarantees and contributions offered by the international parties regarding security, economic aid and refugees. We all will have to make deposits to that end. Arab states would immediately establish full diplomatic relations with Israel.

– Fifth and finally: Yes, we should take a bit more calculated risk-taking. There is little of value in political life that is accomplished without taking risks. Some say that a ship is safest when it’s in the harbour. But that is not where ships are meant to be.

Thank you very much.


Comment by Adamantine:

I thought it would be good to look back on the speech that has set the stage for a possible prophetic showdown in September 2011.


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