January 12, 2011 - 1:00am

Jordan on Tuesday warned that not resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will lead to more violence and instability in the Middle East.

Meeting with his Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr Stoere on Tuesday, Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Judeh underlined the need for intensified efforts to create a suitable environment for the resumption of the Palestinian-Israeli talks.

These talks, he said, should lead to the realization of the two- state solution, the international resolutions and the 2002 Arab peace initiative adopted by the Arab leaders in their summit in Beirut.

Judeh stressed that it is necessary to remove all obstacles against attaining lasting peace that ensures the creation of an independent, viable and geographically connected Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital.

The two sides agreed to intensify their efforts at the international level to halt all unilateral Israeli measures in the Palestinian territories, especially the illegal settlement activities.

In a joint press conference, the Norwegian minister stressed his country's support for the Palestinian National Authority. He also reiterated Norway's commitment to support the UN Relief and Works Agency, voicing appreciation for Jordan's services for the Palestinian refugees in the country.


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