June 27th, 2009
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, reiterated his demands that the future Palestinian State should be disarmed, and that Israel has the right to continue construction and expansion of existing settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
His statements came during a press conference in France following his Thursday closed-door meeting with French Prime Minister, Francois Fillon, and Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.
He claimed that this issue does not cause any demographical changes in the region.
Kouchner told Netanyahu that France wants a quick restart of the peace process.
It is worth mentioning that Netanyahu was planning to hold a meeting in France with George Mitchell, the American Middle East peace envoy, but the meeting was called off during to American-Israeli fiction over the issue of settlement.
US President, Barack Obama, has also called on Israel to the construction of Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
But the office of Netanyahu claimed that the meeting was put off by Israel and would likely be held after the Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, meets Mitchell in Washington next week.
The office yet admitted that the issue of settlements still needs further talks.
It is worth mentioning that the French President, Nicolas Sarkozi, reiterated the statements of Obama and said that settlement construction must be halted immediately.
He also urged for a faster track that would lead to a Palestinian state.