Blair welcomes Geneva middle east initiative
Blair welcomes Geneva Accord middle east initiative
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has welcomed the Geneva Accord - an initiative that Mr Blair hoped would show that Israelis and Palestinians remain capable of finding partners for peace and working together.
Mr Blair said: "At this time both peoples need hope. This initiative gives them a chance to look beyond current difficulties to what might be achievable with goodwill on both sides.
"The detail is not for us to comment on, but I hope that the initiative will stimulate debate; remind people of why peace is worth working for; show that Israelis and Palestinians remain capable of finding partners for peace and working together; and encourage them back to the negotiating table.
"The roadmap never described a settlement, just how to get there. So imaginative thinking about the endgame doesn't cut across it - it complements it.
"Tackling security remains the essential first step towards this or any other settlement."