India for a detailed solution to West-Asia conflict: Tharoor
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 02, 2009, 19:37
New Delhi: India on Wednesday said it was in the interest of the global community to reach a "just, comprehensive and negotiated" solution to the West-Asian conflict, resulting in establishment of an independent United State of Palestine living alongside Israel.

"It is in the interest of the entire international community that a just and comprehensive solution can be achieved resulting in a sovereign, independent, viable and United State of Palestine living within secure and recognised borders with East Jerusalem as its Capital, side by side and at peace with the State of Israel," Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor said here.

The Minister was speaking at an event to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Tharoor added India supports a negotiated solution to the West Asian conflict, which is essentially political in nature and cannot be resolved by force and welcomed the efforts to invigorate the peace process there.

Maintaining that India had vital stakes in the West Asian peace process, he said, "continued expansion of settlements (by Israel) is not helpful to resumption of the peace process. We hope to see an early resumption of negotiations."

On assistance to Palestine, The Minister said India has increased its annual contribution to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees to one million dollars.


First Published: Wednesday, December 02, 2009, 19:37

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