Only dialogue can stop Gaza war - De Klerk

2014-07-29 16:56
(Picture; AFP)

(Picture; AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Former president FW de Klerk on Tuesday said the only way the fighting in the Middle East could stop was through dialogue.

"What is happening there is tragic. I believe that the only way out of it is through negotiations," he said at the Maropeng Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, where imprints of his feet were made in clay.

"We have learnt in South Africa after centuries of conflict, after decades of growing conflict that the only way to end conflict is for past enemies to sit around the table and talk to each other."

De Klerk said both sides had to make initiatives that would lead to peace prevailing.

AP reported that the fighting between the two nations has killed over 1 085 Palestinians, 52 Israeli soldiers and three civilians on the Israeli side.

De Klerk gave an example of the initiatives that were taken in SA that eventually led to the end of apartheid and smooth transition into democracy.

"Two initiatives launched the negotiations in South Africa. The initiatives I announced on 2 February 1990 and then the initiatives by Madiba to say we suspend the armed struggle," he said.

De Klerk said the two initiatives set the stage for meaningful and, in the end, successful negotiations and such initiatives were needed in the Middle East.

"We need the issue of borders to be addressed in a meaningful way and Israel needs to take initiative in that regard to my mind. We need from the Palestinian side recognition of the right of the state of Israel to exist.

"If those two basic things can be dealt with through initiatives by those who have capacity to take initiative in that regard, it will lay the cloth for meaningful negotiations," he said.

 

Read more on:    fw de klerk  |  israel  |  johannesburg  |  palestine  |  gaza
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
83 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The full moon is in your sign emphasising your fast and innovative mind. Your nervous system may take strain if you are juggling...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.