Hollande: Paris Peace Talks no Replacement for Direct Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

(REUTERS) – French President Francois Hollande said that talks to discuss the Middle East peace process in Paris on Sunday do not aim to replace bilateral negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

Hollande, who was giving his last speech to the foreign diplomatic corps before stepping down in May, also said on Thursday that potential Syria peace talks had to resume quickly and include all components of Syrian society, as well as regional actors and be under the auspices of the United Nations.

He added that an increase in violence in Libya was extremely concerning, but that dividing the country was not an option.

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