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Berlin to advise against Palestinian state bid

The Local · 11 Jun 2011, 08:37

Published: 11 Jun 2011 08:37 GMT+02:00

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Development Minister Dirk Niebel told Der Spiegel magazine that he and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle would underline Berlin's reservations in talks with Palestinian leaders.

"We must convince the Palestinians that a unilateral declaration of independence is the wrong way to go," Niebel said in an interview to be published at the weekend.

He said he would advise Palestinian leaders to present a resolution calling for a two-state solution with Israel based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and mutually agreed land swaps, as proposed by US President Barack Obama.

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas has said the Palestinians would seek to be accepted as a full UN member in September if peace talks do not resume.

France and other European countries have indicated they would recognise a Palestinian state while German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she would not until a broader peace deal with Israel is agreed.

The German government announced Friday that Niebel and Westerwelle would spend Monday and Tuesday in the region to discuss "the logjam in the peace process and the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip."

Westerwelle will meet his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Liebermann and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as Abbas and Premier Salam Fayyad to discuss "progress in the development of state institutions" in Ramallah.

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Niebel will travel to the Gaza Strip to monitor progress on bilateral development projects and meet the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Filippo Grandi.

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Your comments about this article

16:44 June 11, 2011 by abemarch
Having a UN Resolution is a waste of time. There are already more than 20 Resolutions concerning the illegal occupation of Palestine and not one has been enforced.
18:53 June 11, 2011 by Sysconfig
Angie, Angie, please.. what is the Medal of Freedom for then? I knew when you went to see Obama, he would hang an Albatross around your neck., while the band played too!!
06:28 June 12, 2011 by DOZ
Bought and Paid for with just a bit of Tinsel and a Sparkly Bauble. Wow, how Canadian like. Not much difference between a German and a Canadian anymore. How disappointing.
22:57 June 13, 2011 by boldeirmt

The jews fought (with the help of british) against the Palestine and drove them from their land in 1948 war.

The whole world is supporting Palestine incl US and many EU nations to liberate Palestine.
19:27 September 23, 2011 by rick86
Israel belongs to the Jewish people and all Israelis.

Not because the UN,EU,US say so but because God said so.

Look at the recent history. It's not the Jews attacking arabs as much as they lyingly portray themselves as victims. Since 1948 the arabs have made several unanounced multi country attacks on Israel and defying all odds everytime Israel has won and taken back more of thier ancestoral homeland. There are no ''occupied territories.'' They are ancestoral Israel and God said the Jews would be gather home never to be uprooted again.
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