'Kouchner talked about recognizing Palestinian state'

WikiLeaks: Former French FM told Mitchell of idea in Jan 2010; Israeli official says confident this is not now Paris’ policy.

December 28, 2010 19:50
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French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner

311_bernard kouchner. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Israel is not concerned that France will recognize a Palestinian state now, even though former French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner had broached the idea as early as January, Israeli diplomatic sources said Tuesday.

A cable from the US embassy in Paris release last week by WikiLeaks and written in January prior to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to France, said that Kouchner had broached the idea with US Middle East envoy George Mitchell.

Arad reportedly received no logistical support for the visit from the Foreign Ministry, whose workers have – as part of work sanctions for better pay – declared they will not be involved or help prepare any trips abroad by government officials.

The Foreign Ministry will also boycott next week’s meeting between Netanyahu and Mubarak.

This will not be the first time Netanyahu will be force to travel abroad without logistical help from the Foreign Ministry. He faced a similar situation in August, when the ministry’s workers declined to give any logistical support for his trip to Greece.

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