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 Commissionâ€™s Information and Communication Officer in Jerusalem, Shadi Othman, toldÂ Quds PressÂ that the decision to recognize the State of Palestine is a â€śsovereign decisionâ€ť taken by each of the blocâ€™s member states separately, and in accordance with their own policies.
â€śThere are no discussions of a new European position on recognizing a Palestinian state.â€ť However, he added that there are â€śseparateâ€ť consultations between the Palestinian Authority and a number of European countries to convince them to recognize the Palestinian state.
â€śBut,â€ť Othman said, â€śthe issue of recognizing the Palestinian state was not discussed at any EU joint meeting.â€ť
He reiterated, according to Days of Palestine, that the European Unionâ€™s position is â€śunitedâ€ť with regards to rejecting the USÂ recognitionÂ of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, adding that â€śthe blocâ€™s countries will not transfer their embassies to Jerusalemâ€ť.
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.