Canada Welcomes Progress on Middle East Peace Process

January 1, 2012 - 10:15 p.m. ET - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement concerning reports that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet for the first time in more than a year this week in Jordan:

“We welcome this commitment and urge all sides to approach these discussions in good faith and without preconditions.

“The road forward as envisioned by the Quartet of Middle East mediators is, we believe, a good one and is certainly preferable to the status quo—which is not an option.

“Canada supports a two-state solution in which a Jewish state can thrive in peace and security alongside a Palestinian one.”

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