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Tags: EU | France | Palestinian State

French Vote Urges Recognition of Palestinian State

French Vote Urges Recognition of Palestinian State
French Members of the Parliament attend the vote session on the recognition of the Palestinian State. (Etienne Laurent/EPA/Landov)

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:25 AM

France's lower house of Parliament voted Tuesday to urge the government to recognize a Palestinian state, in the hope that it would speed up peace efforts after decades of conflict.

The vote, approved with 339 votes to 151, is non-binding. But it is a symbolic boost for the Palestinians, amid growing support in Europe for two states. The measure asks the government "to recognize the state of Palestine in view of reaching a definitive settlement to the conflict."

The French government supports a Palestinian state but has said it's too early for recognition. France, a veto-wielding member of the U.N. Security Council, wants peace talks to restart first.

Israel is committed to the establishment of a Palestinian state under a peace agreement, but says such resolutions encourage the Palestinians to avoid negotiations.

France — which has western Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish populations, and has seen tensions erupt between them — has sought to keep good ties with Israeli and Palestinian authorities in recent years.

Israel's ambassador to France spoke out against the proposed resolution last week, saying it was destructive for the peace effort.

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France's lower house of Parliament voted Tuesday to urge the government to recognize a Palestinian state, in the hope that it would speed up peace efforts after decades of conflict.The vote, approved with 339 votes to 151, is non-binding. But it is a symbolic boost for the...
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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:25 AM
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