Merkel: Palestinian recognition not right path

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Posted: Nov 21, 2014 9:19 AM
Merkel: Palestinian recognition not right path

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined Germany's opposition to recognizing a Palestinian state after lawmakers elsewhere in Europe backed such a move.

Sweden's new government officially recognized a Palestinian state on Oct. 30. This week, Spain's Parliament approved a non-binding resolution recognizing a Palestinian state, following similar motions in Britain and Ireland.

Germany, Israel's closest European ally, has made clear it won't follow that lead.

Merkel said Friday that Berlin supports a two-state solution and "we see how difficult that is, so we also believe that unilateral recognition of the Palestinian state won't move us forward" toward that goal.

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She said it's better to focus squarely on getting Israeli-Palestinian talks going although "that appears very difficult in the current conditions."