One person dies in fire at gunpowder factory in Russia's KazanWorld March 24, 21:47
Russia's 'Gentlefan' baton passed on to Krasnodar ahead of Cote d’Ivoire friendlySport March 24, 21:34
Brazil’s football star Carlos: Germany, Portugal to meet in 2017 Confederations Cup finalSport March 24, 20:45
Belarus to stamp on any conflict unleashed as in Ukraine, president saysWorld March 24, 19:41
Russia to stage best ever edition of FIFA Confederations Cup this year — Brazil’s CarlosSport March 24, 19:28
Jehovah’s Witnesses say they have no suspension orders from Justice Ministry yetSociety & Culture March 24, 19:10
Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on National Guard base in ChechnyaWorld March 24, 18:51
Eurovision organizers set to find solution for Russia's contestant to perfom in KievWorld March 24, 18:46
Russia’s Airborne Force wraps up large-scale drills in CrimeaMilitary & Defense March 24, 18:20
GENEVA, July 31, /ITAR-TASS/. Switzerland has started informal consultations for a possibility to hold a Middle East peace conference following a request from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday, July 30.
On July 5, Abbas filed a corresponding request to Switzerland, the depositary of the Geneva Conventions.
“A broad consensus is indispensable to hold the conference,” the Swiss ministry said.
In April the Swiss government approved Palestine’s request for joining four Geneva Conventions for the Protection of War Victims and Additional Protocol I.
Abbas' request was prompted by the latest eruption of hostilities in Gaza. More than 1,300 Palestinians have been killed.
Israeli-Palestinian relations grew sour after June 12, 2014, when three Jewish teenagers were abducted in the West Bank. Later the teenagers were found killed. Israel accused militants of Palestinian Islamist group Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement), which controls the Gaza Strip, of committing the crime.
On July 8, 2014, the Israel Defense Forces announced the start of the operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip against Hamas militants.