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German Chancellor 'Disappointed' over Stalled Mideast Peace Process

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TEHRAN, July 23 (ICANA) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel here on Friday expressed 'disappointment' over the bogged down Mideast peace talks.
Saturday, July 23, 2011 9:33:15 AM
German Chancellor 'Disappointed' over Stalled Mideast Peace Process

Speaking to media representatives in Berlin, Merkel stressed the need to jump-start the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

She said it was 'more urgent than ever before' to make progress in reviving the negotiations process.

Mideast peace talks have been deadlocked over Israel's refusal to end its highly controversial settlement activities.

Alluding to Palestinian statehood plans in the UN this September, Merkel warned against 'unilateral steps.'

She voiced hope that the negotiation process could resume before September, if both Palestinians and Israelis show 'goodwill.'

Merkel refused to speculate as to what the position of her country would be, should the UN vote on recognizing Palestine.

She said it was in Germany's interest to adopt a coordinated European, American stance on Palestine's diplomatic recognition.

The European Union remains divided on the issue of Palestinian statehood with the EU powerhouse Germany and its ally America openly threatening to sabotage Palestinian independence plans.

There is however a growing international momentum for Palestinian statehood as some 119 countries have expressed readiness to grant diplomatic recognition to Palestine in the UN this fall.


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