Jordan valley is a vital area to a future viable Palestinian state, for its economic importance in agriculture, tourism and energy, Susanna Terstal EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process stated Wednesday.
Terstal stressed EU commitment to the vision of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state living side by side with the State of Israel in peace and security.
The EU special representative to Mideast held Wednesday a press conference in Ein Shibli Secondary School, east of Nablus, at the end of a tour that included the heads of EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah to the Jordan Valley. The tour included a visit to Khirbet al-Hadidiya and Bedouin communities in the northern Jordan Valley.
She stressed in her speech the importance of reaching a lasting peace between the two parties, relaying on the two state solutions.
She said that she visits Palestine every five or six weeks to meet senior officials, but the importance is to meet the people who live here in Jordan valley.
She stressed the C area constitutes 60% of the West Bank and the Jordan valley constitutes 30% of the area. It is vital and important for any future Palestinian state, because the area has economic opportunities in agriculture, tourism and energy.
She went on saying that everything is available here, but the situation on the ground is totally different. The delegation listened to the difficulties that the people face due to the frequent demolishing of their facilities by Israeli forces and the difficulties to reach water and the basic services.
She noted that the EU helps in developing this area by providing humanitarian and developing aids to the people.
She re-stressed that EU stance regarding the Israeli settlement is well-known, since it considers them illegal, noting that the Israeli occupation must be ended and the Palestinians have the right to live in their Palestinian lands.