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Friday, April 22, 2011

Sarkozy gives Abu Bluff 'clear support'

French President Nicolas Sarkozy allegedly told 'moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen that the European Union may vote in favor of recognizing 'Palestinian statehood' at the United Nations in September.
"Recognition of the state of Palestine is one of the options which France is considering, with its European partners, in a bid to relaunch the peace process,” AFP quoted French Ambassador Gerard Araud as telling a UN Security Council debate on the Middle East.

By contrast, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, reiterated her opposition to a proposed UN declaration of Palestinian statehood.

“We do not support any unilateral effort by the Palestinians to go to the United Nations to try to obtain some authorization or approval vote with respect to statehood,” she told PBS’s Charlie Rose in an interview late on Wednesday night. “We think we can only achieve the two-state solution that we strongly advocate through negotiation.”


Abbas, in Paris for talks with French leaders, noted that Washington already backs the formula of a Palestinian state coexisting in peace alongside Israel to end the long-standing conflict.

“In principle we have a lot of signs that the United States is ready to recognize the Palestinian state,” he told France 24 television in an interview broadcast on Thursday. “If the United States is not ready, it would not be coherent and logical.”

Abbas expressed optimism that the bid would receive broad support, despite a lack of concrete promises from abroad.

“But all signals from these states and organizations show they are waiting for the right time to recognize the Palestinian state,” he said. “We are also waiting for the right time. We have gone beyond that because we think that question should not hold up dialogue with the United States.”

After meeting French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prime Minister Francois Fillon, Abbas told journalists that he had not raised the issue of statehood with the president – adding that France’s position was clear.

A source in the presidential office said Sarkozy had given Abbas his “clear support” for efforts leading to the creation of a Palestinian state. Fillon said last month that 2011 “should be the year when a Palestinian state is created.”
I think that someone needs to get through to the French and to the other European states that recognition of a unilaterally declared 'Palestinian state' will not jump start negotiations: It will signify the end of negotiations. It's too bad that there's no leadership in Washington that's willing to make that point.

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At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And so it would seem that the so-called quartet has a rift that will render it useless (as if it weren't already) - unless Clinton is lying.

At 11:34 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The US is opposed to the unilateral Palestinian initiative. If they press forward with it, it will mean the formal end of the "peace process." Since the Palestinians don't honor their commitments, Israel is freed to also do what it wants.

I can't wait soon enough for that day to arrive.


At 4:13 AM, Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

Let them have a state, cut off all aid and support. Treat it like any other hostile enemy nation. Destroy it from head to toe, drive the hostile population into jordan and the sinai.


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