Abbas urges European states to recognise State of PalestineStaff Writer | February 25, 2019
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged European states to play a more active role in the peace process and recognise a “State of Palestine”, reported the Times of Israel.
Middle East Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
“You have recognised Israel, supported it since its establishment and defended its security. That is your right. But if you’ll allow me to say this: Your not recognising the Palestinian right to self-determination in its state is a move that contradicts your values and your European principles”.
According to Abbas, the recognition of a State of Palestine would not be a “substitute” for negotiations, but rather would encourage Palestinians to maintain hope for peace.
The Times of Israel reported that “Abbas also called on the Europeans to play a greater role in peace negotiations and repeated his frequent call for an international peace conference not under the auspices of the US”. ■