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Political Background Discussion with Salam Fayyad

Berlin, May 18, 2010

Dr. Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, met with members of the German Bundestag, representatives of federal ministries, government agencies and selected think tanks to discuss perspectives for a solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. During the discussion, the recently launched proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority were addressed.

Fayyad said that it was time to implement the hitherto theoretical concept of the two-state solution. For this reason the primary goal had to be the establishment of a Palestinian government structure that actually worked. Fayyad described the convocation of the German-Palestinian steering committee as an epoch-making step within this process which was also of momentous importance for the other partner. The ensuing discussion concentrated primarily on European involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on the question of whether state-building was a feasible option without a united Palestinian government.

Körber Foundation regularly invites a small circle of high-ranking actors within Berlin’s foreign policy community to its Political Background Discussions. As in the Bergedorf Round Tables, the discussions take place shielded from the public, so as to enable a confidential, frank, and constructive exchange.

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