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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

France to vote against unilateral declaration of 'Palestinian state'?

France has hinted that it may vote against a unilateral declaration of a 'Palestinian state.'
An agreed upon solution between Israel and the Palestinians is the only one that will put an end to the current status quo, the French embassy said in a statement released Monday announcing the visit to the region of French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe.

That comment is significant in light of Israeli efforts to convince the Europeans that supporting Palestinian statehood at the UN in September would be counterproductive.


Unlike Germany and Italy, which have said they would not support a PA move to the UN in September, France and Britain have signaled they may support this bid.

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At 11:18 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Arabs have the automatic majority in the UN. A Palestinian state resolution has neither legal or political significance. A UN statehood vote is just that, a General Assembly recommendation. It cannot decide anything.

It would be better if Europe impressed on the Arabs such a vote would only complicate the search for peace in the Middle East and would be a dead end. But the Palestinians and the Arabs appear not to be listening to rational advice.

What could go wrong indeed


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