A European Union official, yesterday, denied that the bloc had decided to recognize an independent Palestinian state, saying that the conditions for such a decision have not been met.
The European Commissionâs Information and Communication Officer in Jerusalem, Shadi Othman, toldÂ Quds PressÂ that the decision to recognize the State of Palestine is a âsovereign decisionâ taken by each of the blocâs member states separately, and in accordance with their own policies.
âThere are no discussions of a new European position on recognizing a Palestinian state.â However, he added that there are âseparateâ consultations between the Palestinian Authority and a number of European countries to convince them to recognize the Palestinian state.
âBut,â Othman said, âthe issue of recognizing the Palestinian state was not discussed at any EU joint meeting.â
He reiterated, according to Days of Palestine, that the European Unionâs position is âunitedâ with regards to rejecting the USÂ recognitionÂ of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, adding that âthe blocâs countries will not transfer their embassies to Jerusalemâ.
Yesterday, the Palestinian Ambassador to the European Union, Abdel Rahim Al-Farra, revealed that there are consultations among a number of EU countries to recognize a Palestinian state collectively or individually.
Al-Farra said in remarks to theÂ Voice of PalestineÂ radio that the trend towards recognizing a Palestinian state has increased within the European Union as Israel continues to violate international law and international legitimacy.
He added 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.
Othman 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.