Israel Says No Recognition of Palestinian State Before Peace Deal
VOA News 21 February 2010
Israel is rejecting the idea of international recognition for a Palestinian state before negotiations have been completed.
Israeli officials said Sunday such a move would hinder the peace process and take away any reason for Palestinians to negotiate.
They are responding to a proposal put forth by France's foreign minister in a published interview.
Bernard Kouchner told the Journal du Dimanche state-like entities are forming in the West Bank, including a French-trained police force and new businesses.
He said he can envision the proclamation of a Palestinian state and international recognition of it, even before "negotiating its borders."
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has said he plans to create a de facto Palestinian state within two years, regardless of the status of the peace process.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.
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