Lawmakers to Europeans: Oppose Palestinian state

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Posted: Sep 15, 2011 5:32 PM
Lawmakers to Europeans: Oppose Palestinian state

House Democrats are appealing to European leaders to oppose the Palestinian Authority's pursuit of statehood recognition in the United Nations.

In a letter Thursday to 40 European heads of state, Democrats warned that such a step would have "devastating consequences for the peace process and the Palestinians."

The Palestinians said Thursday they will ask the Security Council next week to accept them as a full member of the United Nations. Israel and the United States oppose the move, saying it would undercut negotiations leading to a two-state solution.

Signing the letter were 58 Democrats, including top leaders Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Howard Berman.

Separately, Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Foreign Affairs chairwoman, pressed European leaders to make clear publicly and privately that they will vote against recognizing the Palestinians.