France to recognise Palestinian State if peace talks fail

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French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius said his country would officially recognise the Palestinian State even if the diplomatic efforts to bring about peace failed.

“We must act to make progress in the implementation of peace which should be based on the co-existence of two sovereign and democratic states living side-by-side in peace and security,” he said.

He said on Saturday in Paris when the French Lawmakers were discussing a bill presented by the ruling Socialist Party to recognise a Palestinian State to promote security and peace in the Middle East.

Fabius spoke in favour of “a real Palestinian State” that must be followed by taking concrete action “after 25 years of an unfruitful peace process.

“If final efforts to negotiate fail, then France would have to do what it takes by recognising without delay the Palestinian State,

“We are backing negotiations but we refuse the fact that talks will be the management method of an unfair status-quo,” he added.

France’s lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, on Friday started discussions on whether to recognise a Palestinian State with the final vote scheduled for Dec. 2.

Last month, Britain, Ireland and Sweden voted through a symbolic motion to recognise Palestine.

Meanwhile, a report from Paris stated that more than 150 pro-Israeli protestors had been gathered in front of the French National Assembly to denounce the due vote likely to “encourage terrorists” and “be a message for the Jewish community to leave France.”

A second demonstration was scheduled for next week.

(Xinhua/NAN)


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