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Arab spring - Statement by Alain Juppé, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

Paris, 10 May 2011

I welcome the speech delivered by President Obama about the revolutions in the Arab world.

The message of the President of the United States echoes the message carried by France. The Arab spring carries great hopes that it is in our interest to support without respite. Any crackdown is unacceptable and the international community must take its responsibilities to make sure that dialogue prevails over force.

On the Israeli-Palestinian issue, I am delighted that the analysis of our two countries is converging: the status quo is not tenable. The solution lies in the resumption of negotiations whose essential parameters we know - in particular, as noted by President Obama, the guarantee of the security of Israel and negotiations on the basis of the 1967 borders with agreed land swaps.

France will spare no effort to help revive dialogue. It is in this frame of mind that I will go to the Middle East and the United States in the coming days.

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