Saturday, October 4, 2014

Palestine Not Ready for Statehood: US Department of State

WASHINGTON, October 4 - Washington considers international recognition of Palestinian state premature, US Department of State Spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated at a press briefing Friday.
"We believe international recognition of a Palestinian state is premature," Psaki said during the briefing. "We certainly support Palestinian statehood but it can only come through a negotiated outcome, a resolution of final status issues and mutual recognition by both parties," Psaki said.
"I don't think that we've seen evidence that they're willing and able to either at this point in time," she concluded.

Sweden's new prime minister Stefan Lofven announced on Friday that Sweden may become the first European Union member to recognize the state of Palestine, noting that two-state solution is needed to resolve the Palestinian conflict.
Palestinians seek the creation of an independent state on the territories of the West Bank in East Jerusalem, partially occupied by Israel, and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, and want Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territories it took after the 1967 war.
In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly upgraded Palestine from an "observer entity" to a "non-member observer state" and affirmed the Palestinian people's right to self-determination.
Some EU member states, including Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, have already recognized the state of Palestine, but they made the move before joining the union.
(RIA Novosti)


  1. Report: Palestinians accept US request to hold off Security Council bid for statehood ...

    The London-based pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Thursday that the Palestinian Authority has agreed to delay by two months its plan to seek a Security Council resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines within three years.

    The paper quoted Palestinian sources in Ramallah as saying that the PA leadership will give US Secretary of State John Kerry a two-month window to present his own plan for peace. The sources said that the PA leadership was nevertheless determined to proceed with the Security Council bid.

    The sources also told the newspaper that the PA leadership is prepared to return to the negotiations with Israel but not according to “old mechanisms.”.............

  2. Chief Palestinian negotiator issues statehood ultimatum ...

    (Reuters) - The Palestinians' chief peace negotiator has laid out in the clearest terms yet plans to establish an independent Palestinian state within three years, even if it means ignoring pleas from the United States not to push ahead.

    Expressing deep frustration and a degree of resignation that years of efforts to forge a two-state solution with the Israelis have made next to no progress, Saeb Erekat said there was no option other than to make a unilateral push for statehood.

    He said a resolution would be put to the United Nations Security Council next month calling for a November 2017 deadline for the establishment of two states based on the boundaries that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, when Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza and seized East Jerusalem - the areas the Palestinians want for an independent state............


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