Liberman stated that he is willing to meet as soon as tomorrow in Sarajevo with the Palestinian Foreign Minister to begin direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Liberman is visiting Sarajevo to conduct policy meetings. Tomorrow, the Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Riad al-Malki, is expected to arrive in Sarajevo for meetings.
In today’s meeting with the President of Bosnia-Herzegovina Zeljko Komsic and other members of the Presidency, Nebojša Radmanović and Bakir Izetbeković, Foreign Minister Liberman stated that he is willing to meet as soon as tomorrow in Sarajevo with the Palestinian Foreign Minister to begin direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. President Komsic said that he will pass on the message to the Palestinian Foreign Minister.
In the meeting, FM Liberman also noted that there is only one way to reach an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, and that is through direct talks between the parties, without preconditions. Liberman stated that the Oslo Accords also determined that a Palestinian state can only be established as a result of agreement between the parties and not through a unilateral action. If the international community recognizes a Palestinian state that resulted from unilateral action that will create a precedent that will have severe consequences in many regions of the world.
The Foreign Minister affirmed that Israel’s offer to the Palestinians is clear: the immediate opening of direct talks without preconditions, for this is the only channel that will lead to a resolution of the conflict and give peace a chance. Any attempt to achieve a Palestinian state through other means, without agreement, will lead to an aggravation of the conflict.