Greek FM Dendias calls for Israel-Palestine two state solution

Nikos Dendias

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias called for a two state solution to resolve the Israel-Palestine issue.

Dendias met today with the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and the Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh in Israel and Palestine,

"I made it clear that an immediate ceasefire is needed, as well as the protection of human rights and the safeguarding of human life," Dendias said, adding: "I condemned in the clearest way the firing of thousands of rockets by Hamas against Israel."

"It is an action absolutely and totally condemnable.

"I also said that Israel, like any country in the world, has the right to self-defence.

"In addition, I said that an initiative should be taken for the Middle East issue.

"This vacuum, meaning the lack of initiatives, creates issues that confront us, human tragedies.

"The solution we have to come up with is clear. It is the solution provided for by international law and the resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations: two states on the 1967 border with Jerusalem as the capital of both states.”

Speaking about the situation in Gaza, he said "the humanitarian situation in Gaza is absolutely problematic and we need to do everything we can to help."

Answering a journalist's question about Turkey's provocations regarding the crisis, Dendias said " inflammatory statements and unilateral positions in a particularly fragile situation, in a particularly sensitive region do not help."

Various Turkish officials have been threatening a military intervention against Israel's responses to Hamas rocket attacks.

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