France – Palestinian recognition shouldn’t be merely symbolic

October 14, 2014 6:36 PM

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PARIS (Reuters) – France’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that Paris should recognise a Palestinian state only if doing so would help achieve peace, not as a symbolic gesture.

However, if negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel fail, Paris “would not shirk its responsibilities” but would recognise the Palestinian state, the minister, Laurent Fabius, said in answer to a question in parliament.

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