EU officials call for international conference to discuss Palestinian state

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The Palestine Telegraph
February 23, 2010

Paris, France – French President Nicolas Sarkozy has reiterated his call for the creation of a “viable” Palestinian state but has not ruled out the possibility the international community could recognise a new state before its borders were set.

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Speaking after a meeting with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Paris yesterday, Sarkozy left open the possibility of recognising a Palestinian state before negotiations with Israel were complete. His foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, has said in recent days that he would be “tempted” by the idea. “We want a Palestinian state but we want a viable state,” Sarkozy said.

“What’s the point of a state if it has no borders and cannot operate? But if the moment comes that we haven’t reached that goal, in agreement with our Palestinian friends we could politically mark the idea of a Palestinian state.”

Foreign minister Bernard Kouchner said before Abbas’s arrival that to break the stalemate in the Middle East peace process, some countries might recognise a Palestinian state before its borders were determined. Israel has criticised the idea of any unilateral initiative and says only negotiations can achieve meaningful peace.


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