Speech by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini at the launch event of the Alliance for Multilateralism

September 27, 2019
Share on

Thank you all for being here, for our usual meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee at the UN General Assembly’s week, taking place here like the Spring meeting does in Brussels.
(…) Unless something happens in the next five weeks, which I would of course welcome, this has not happened, but I continue to be convinced that a solution based on two States is still possible, and around this table we know what would be needed to achieve it.

I am proud that we, Europeans, have never lost our compass. We have always kept working to preserve and enable a negotiated two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. This is a principled and pragmatic position. It is about justice and about realism.

The two-state solution is about democracy: it is the only realistic way to ensure that both the Israelis and the Palestinians can fulfil their national aspirations to self-determination and sovereignty.


In this context, let me say once again that we expect both parties to act in accordance with international law, and that border changes can only be decided through direct negotiations between the parties, based on the pre-1967 borders.
But I remain an optimist. The two-state solution is in danger, but it is still possible. Ultimately, it is first and foremost a matter of political will from the two sides and their international partners. We need to preserve and protect the Oslo process and the two-state solution.

Thank you.


Read more


Countries covered:

  • Israel
  • Palestine *