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Trump’s Mideast peace plan akin to apartheid: Former European leaders

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LONDON: Fifty former European prime ministers and foreign ministers have condemned US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan in an open letter, saying it would create an apartheid-like situation in occupied Palestinian territory.

In the letter published by British newspaper The Guardian, the former ministers rejected Trump's plan for Israelis and Palestinians, which was announced in January and proposes a two-state solution.

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Trump's blueprint risks fuelling the conflict at the expense of both Israeli and Palestinian civilians, by annexing large parts of occupied Palestine territory under permanent Israeli military control and is not a legitimate solution, they wrote.

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"The plan envisages a formalisation of the current reality in the occupied Palestinian territory, in which two peoples are living side by side without equal rights. Such an outcome has characteristics similar to apartheid – a term we dont use lightly," they said.

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"It recognises only one side's claims to Jerusalem and offers no just solution to the issue of Palestinian refugees," they added.

Fifty politicians, including former French prime minister and foreign minister Dominique de Villepin, former German foreign minister and vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, Britain's former foreign secretary Jack Straw and Ireland's former president Mary Robinson signed the letter.

Other signatories included former ministers or leaders of Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Luxembourg, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

"Considering the urgency of the situation, we call on Europe to reject the US plan as a basis for negotiations and to take immediRead More – Source

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