Foreign Minister Says France Will Recognize Palestinian State if Peace Talks Fail
JNS.org – France is calling on the international community to make one “final” push towards resolving the diplomatic impasse between the Israelis and Palestinians amid debate over Palestinian statehood in the French parliament.
According to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, France is working at the United Nations on a Security Council resolution that will relaunch peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.
“An international conference could be organized, France is prepared to take the initiative on this and in these talks, recognition [of the Palestinian state] would be an instrument … for the definitive resolution of the conflict,” Fabius said, AFP reported.
The French parliament held a debate on Friday regarding a symbolic non-binding resolution that would recognize Palestinian statehood. French lawmakers are set to vote on the resolution on Dec. 2. Similar measures have recently been passed in the United Kingdom, Spain and Ireland, while Sweden formally recognized Palestinian statehood in October.
“If these efforts fail. If this last attempt at a negotiated settlement does not work, then France will have to do its duty and recognize the state of Palestine without delay and we are ready to do that,” Fabius said.