PA foreign minister urges EU to take active role in ME peace process

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki asked the European Union Wednesday to take an active role in the creation of a Palestinian state and said his people were ready to promote peace with Israel. Malki visited Slovenia a few days after the country took over the EU's rotating presidency. He said the 27-nation bloc should become a player, and not just a helper, in the recently revived peace process. "We want the EU to be active in actions taken in creating an independent Palestinian state," Malki said in Ljubljana, as reported by the state-run news agency STA. Palestinians are ready "to take all kinds of steps" to promote peace with Israel, STA quoted him as saying.