July 12, 2009 / 12:47 PM / 9 years ago

EU's Solana calls for UN to recognise Palestinian state

BRUSSELS, July 12 (Reuters) — The European Union’s foreign policy chief called for the U.N. Security Council to recognise a Palestinian state by a certain deadline even if Israelis and Palestinians have not reached agreement among themselves.

The EU’s Javier Solana made his comments on Saturday at a lecture in London while Palestinian and Israeli peace talks remain stalled.

The Palestinians have said they will not revive peace talks unless there is a halt to Israel’s settlement activities in the West Bank.

"After a fixed deadline, a U.N. Security Council resolution should proclaim the adoption of the two-state solution," Solana said, adding this should include border parameters, refugees, control over the city of Jerusalem and security arrangements.

"It would accept the Palestinian state as a full member of the U.N., and set a calendar for implementation. It would mandate the resolution of other remaining territorial disputes and legitimise the end of claims," Solana went on.

Advocating a return to Israel’s borders before the 1967 war with Egypt, Syria and Jordan in which it took the West Bank, Solana said mediators should set a timetable for a peace agreement.

"If the parties are not able to stick to it (the timetable), then a solution backed by the international community should be put on the table," he said.

The EU, along with the United States, Russia and the United Nations, is part of the Quartet of Middle East Negotiators. (Reporting by Anne Jolis; Editing by Richard Balmforth)



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