Abbas calls on EU to recognise Palestine

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas urged European Union nations to separately or collectively recognise the state of Palestine.

Ramallah: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas urged European Union
nations to separately or collectively recognise the state of
Palestine.

During a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine
Ashton, Abbas "affirmed that the Palestinian position was to
resume the peace process" with Israel, expecting Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept to talk of two states
and to halt Jewish settlements, especially in Jerusalem,
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said.

"We are calling on the European Union to help us on the
question of moving the United Nations to accept Palestine on
the basis of the 1967 borders," Erakat was quoted as saying by
the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

Ashton arrived in Israel on Thursday and met Friday with
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

She later met Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad and
president Abbas in the West Bank.

She is due to hold talks with Netanyahu on Sunday.

PTI

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