Friday, April 22, 2011

France Urges Palestinian Statehood

French Ambassador to the UN Gerard Araud told a UN Security Council debate on the Middle East on Thursday that “recognition of the state of Palestine is one of the options which France is considering, with its European partners, with a view to creating a political horizon” to relaunch the Middle East talks.

Direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) broke down in late September after an Israeli partial moratorium on settlement construction expired.

Palestinians have said they will not negotiate while Israel's illegal settlement construction continues in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem), areas they want as part of a future state.'


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