France considers recognizing Palestinian state

UNITED NATIONS — France and its European partners are considering giving formal recognition to a Palestinian state, France’s UN envoy told the Security Council on Thursday.

By (AFP)

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Published: Sat 23 Apr 2011, 12:51 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:34 AM

“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 for relaunching the peace process,” French ambassador Gerard Araud told a UN Security Council debate on the Middle East.

“If we retain this solution, it should favor a resumption of negotiations on the basis of well-known international parameters,” Araud said.

The envoy spoke just after Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas held talks with France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe has spoken about possible state recognition.

On Tuesday, he said France was working with its European Union partners to try to get Israelis and Palestinians “back around the negotiating table” and that this could lead to statehood recognition later this year.

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