SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

Israel/Palestine: does recognising both states make a difference?

Sir Vincent Fean KCVO, former Consul General to Jerusalem

Date: 20 January 2015Time: 5:45 PM

Finishes: 20 January 2015Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

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Two thirds of the world recognises Palestine as a state - but the conflict and the occupation go on. What difference will it make when the United Kingdom, France and other European states emulate Sweden and recognise Palestine, validating the second state in the two state solution -  Western policy for 25 years, but fast disappearing. Sir Vincent Fean, former UK Consul-General in Jerusalem, will discuss the framework for a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land - if that is still attainable.

Vincent Fean joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1975, and retired in February 2014 after three years as Consul-General, Jerusalem, dealing with Palestinian issues. Before Jerusalem, he was Ambassador in Libya, 2006-10, and High Commissioner in Malta, 2002-06. The FCO taught him Arabic. He has also served in Paris, Brussels (EU), Damascus and (briefly) Baghdad. He is married to Anne, with three grown-up children.

Chair: Dina Matar, SOAS

Organiser: London Middle East Institute and the Centre for Palestine Studies

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