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.