EU slams U.S. Middle East plan for violating agreed framework




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European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell answers a question during a news conference in Brussels, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Borrell met Tuesday with the Foreign Affairs Minister's of Britain, Italy, Germany and France where they were expected to hold talks about the current situation in Libya and Iran. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Brussels – EU Foreign Policy , Josep Borrell, on Tuesday slammed .’ recently unveiled Middle East peace plan, arguing that “departs from” internationally agreed parameters resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Earlier, . President Donald presented a long-awaited proposal address bitter decades-long conflict at core of tensions across Middle East.

plan would give control Jewish settlements on the West Bank and the strategic Jordan Valley, while also calling for the creation of a Palestinian state.

This, Borrell said, differs significantly from the 1967 borders that had previously been the basis for peace plans.

Borrell stressed the EU’ commitment a two-state solution based on 1967 lines, with “equivalent” land swaps and the establishment of an , viable Palestinian state alongside .

“The . initiative, as presented on January 28, departs from these internationally agreed parameters,” he said.

Borrell’s initial reaction to the plan had been a lot cautious, stating merely that the EU would

“study and assess” the U.S. proposals on the basis of its “established position.”

’s plan, unveiled during a visit to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been rejected by the Palestinians and by the Arab League, while triggering the region.

The plan include: a lengthy timeline for the establishment of the Palestinian state and envisions limited sovereignty.

The fledgling state would be surrounded by , with Jerusalem under Israeli control, while granting all religious groups access to holy sites.

(dpa/NAN)