'The bedrock of our approach would be to support first, a two-state solution; secondly, all those committed to peaceful negotiation in search of a solution; and, thirdly, the economic, social and humanitarian work that is essential."
David Miliband, Foreign Secretary, House of Commons, 3 July 2007.Welcome to this area of the FCO website, dedicated to the Middle East Peace Process (MEPP), and the role of the UK in the search for a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
The Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary are convinced that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an important precondition for long-term peace in the region. We are committed to reviving final status negotiations as soon as possible.
There is now a clear international consensus on what a negotiated settlement might look like. The key elements will include an end to occupation, the exchange of 'land for peace' leading to a viable state of Palestine alongside the State of Israel, both secure and respected within recognised borders, as set out in UN Security Council Resolutions 242, 338 and 1397. It should also build on Crown Prince Abdullah’s initiative (now King of Saudi Arabia), adopted by the Arab League in Beirut on 28 March 2002, which offers full normalisation of relations between the Arab States and Israel, in the context of a final settlement.
The path towards a renewed political process is through the Quartet (US, UN, EU, and Russia) Roadmap, a performance based plan leading to a final and comprehensive settlement to the conflict.
These pages contain the Roadmap for peace in the Middle East and answers to questions most commonly asked by members of the public about the Middle East Peace Process. They give historical background to the crisis and contain EU statements on the Middle East.
We hope you find these pages of use and that they address any questions you have.