Saeb Erekat 311 AP.
(photo credit: AP)
Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Monday called for the EU to recognize a Palestinian state, according to an AFP report.
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He said that such a move would "provide protection for the principle of two states as well as for the peace process."
Erekat's comments came in response to a statement
to be issued by EU foreign ministers
following a meeting in
Brussels. The statement is expected to say that the “EU will not
recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to
Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties. This could include
agreed territorial swaps. A way must be found through negotiations to
resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of two states. The
EU calls for an agreed upon, just, fair and realistic solution to the
According to a draft copy of the statement obtained by The Jerusalem Post
states that the “council reiterates its readiness, when appropriate, to
recognize a Palestinian state,” but stops well short of threatening to
do so if one particular deadline or another is not
met.Herb Keinon contributed to this