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German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle reiterated his support of
renewed negotiations in the Middle East peace process, saying unilateral
moves would be "very counterproductive," German news site The Local
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After talks with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam
Fayyad in Ramallah, Westerwelle did not mention specifically the
contentious Palestinian state bid scheduled for this September at the
United Nations, but emphasized that "negotiations should be the way."
supports a two-state solution. We support the Palestinian people in
having an independent state," The Local cited Westerwelle as saying.
Berlin had already expressed support for a two-state solution based on
negotiated compromises and not on unilateral moves. Last week, German
Chancellor Angela Merkel said
she supported US President Barack Obama's vision
for a two-state solution based on lines from before the 1967 Six-Day War with mutually agreed concessions.
After meeting Westerwelle, Fayyad said that his government was not seeking simply
recognition at the UN in September, but is looking for a "genuine state
of Palestine, and one that is fully sovereign" WAFA reported.
While France, Spain, and other European countries have said they would
recognize a Palestinian State, Germany has said that it would not until a
an inclusive peace deal is signed with Israel.
Westerwelle will meet with his counterpart Foreign Minister Avigdor
Lieberman and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu later Tuesday.
While meeting with the German foreign minister, Lieberman expressed his worry over the situation in Syria. "All normal people are worried about the situation in Syria."