Ashton: EU has not yet formulated position on PA state bid

September 12, 2011 17:44


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European Union Foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton On Monday said that the EU had not yet formulated a position on the Palestinian plan to seek UN recognition. Ashton's comments came following a meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr in Cairo.

"There is no resolution on the table yet, so there is no position. What we're very clear about from the European Union is that the way forward is negotiations. We want to see a just and fair settlement. We want to see the people of Palestine and the people of Israel living side by side, in peace and security. And I will do everything I can to try and help achieve that, and I hope in my meetings today we can discuss these issues further," Ashton said in a statement.

Ashton was scheduled to meet with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby and hold bilateral meetings with foreign ministers of the Arab League countries and with Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas while in Cairo on Monday and Tuesday.

On Wednesday she will be in Israel to talk to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

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