A European Union official yesterday denied the bloc had decided to recognise an independent Palestinian state, saying the conditions for such a decision have not been met.
The European Commissionâ€™s Information and Communication Officer in Jerusalem, Shadi Othman, told Quds Press that the decision to recognise the State of Palestine is a â€śsovereign decisionâ€ť taken by each of the blocâ€™s member states separately and in accordance with their own policies.
â€śThere are no discussions of a new European position on recognising a Palestinian state,â€ť however he added that there are â€śseparateâ€ť consultations between the Palestinian Authority and a number of European countries to convince them to recognise the Palestinian state, but â€śthe issue of recognising the Palestinian state was not discussed at any EU joint meetingâ€ť.
He reiterated that the European Union’s position is â€śunitedâ€ť with regards to rejecting the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, adding that â€śthe blocâ€™s countries will not transfer their embassies to Jerusalemâ€ť.
Yesterday, the Palestinian Ambassador to the European Union, Abdel Rahim Al-Farra, revealed that there are consultations among a number of EU countries to recognise a Palestinian state collectively or individually.
Al-Farra said in remarks to the Voice of Palestine radio that the trend towards recognising a Palestinian state has increased within the European Union as Israel continues to violate international law and international legitimacy, adding that the EU foreign ministersâ€™ meeting with the Arab ministerial committee to follow up on the Jerusalem issue in Brussels on Monday stressed on the need to save the two-state solution.
He pointed out that Arab ministers and Arab League Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, all stressed the need for a new position to be taken by the European Union with regard to the peace process and the Palestinian issue.