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EU welcomes Obama''s confirmation of 1967 borders of Israel, Palestine

BRUSSELS, May 20 (KUNA) -- EU High Representative Catherine Ashton Friday welcomed the speech on the Middle East delivered by US President Barack Obama on Thursday as "importnat".
"He set out a broad and ambitious vision at a transformational time in North Africa and the Arab world. His ideas and objectives find a clear echo in the work the EU is doing," she said in a statement.
"I therefore warmly welcome President Obama's confirmation that the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, secure and recognised borders for both sides, an Israel whose security concerns are met, and an agreement on the issues of Jerusalem and refugees," stated Ashton.
She noted that there is a lot to gain from the EU and the US joining forces in the common agenda to promote reform and support transitions to democracy in the Middle East.
"I have repeatedly stated that in the light of these historic changes it is even more important to advance the Middle East Peace Process. Together with the USA, the EU has long pushed for a return to the negotiations as the best way forward," said the EU foreign policy chief.
"Our common goal remains a just and lasting resolution, with the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, sovereign and viable State of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security," she said.
"This is more urgent than ever. We will do whatever is possible, working with our Quartet partners, to help both parties choose the path of peace and engage in successful negotiations," added the statement. (end) nk.bs KUNA 202059 May 11NNNN