In the meetings, Dr. Ashrawi stressed that negotiations are no longer a viable option for peace, particularly due to Israeli settlement expansion which is ending the possibility of a two-state solution.
She also stressed that the gap between the Palestinian and Israeli sides of the negotiation process is widening due to unilateral Israeli practices on the ground and continuous violations of international law.
The success or failure of the negotiation process depends mainly on the ability of the international community to bring Israel to comply with international law and conventions, cease all settlement activities, and curb Israel's violations by holding it accountable, she added.
Dr. Ashrawi also discussed the recent international and political developments relevant to the Palestinian cause, Greek-Palestinian and Swiss-Palestinian relations, respectively, and ways to consolidate mechanisms of joint cooperation between Palestine and European states.
She called on European states to maintain a more independent and effective political role in the Palestinian case, and to sustain their critical stance on Israeli violations, in particular settlement expansion.
Dr. Ashrawi also met with the Founding Director of the James Baker Public Policy Institute of Rice University, Mr. Edward P. Djerejian. They discussed the American role in peacemaking in the region, projects undertaken by the Institute, and means of cooperation in the future.