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Erdogan pledges support for '67 state
Published Monday 06/12/2010 (updated) 07/12/2010 13:39
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ANKARA, Turkey (Ma’an) -- President Mahmoud Abbas visited Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan in his Ankara home on Sunday, to discuss developments in the peace negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli negotiators.

Following the meeting, Ambassador of Palestine to Turkey Nabil Ma’roof told the official PA news agency WAFA that Erdogan pledged to support a bid for the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders. The official said he would speak with the leaders of all those nations with which Turkey had diplomatic relations.

Erdogan then stressed to the president that he believed a final reconciliation agreement had to be reached between rival factions Fatah and Hamas, saying "You must unite to be strong."

The Turkish leader also said he would continue to support economic development plans created as part of the Ramallah government's "two-years to statehood" initiative, by contributing $10 million to the construction of an industrial zone in the northern West Bank district of Jenin.

The leaders also agreed on a program to foster trade between the nations, which would include a preferential visa program for businessmen from Palestine.
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1 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
06/12/2010 10:38
Following Brazil's Lead - It would start to appear that Brazil is starting something with its recognition. Who knows, maybe someday there will be an Israeli politician who is willing to deal IN GOOD FAITH and recognize that the expansion of Israel from 48 until, but not including, the 67 conquest is a great gift. If Palestine wants to trade more, Israel should trade, based on quality and quantity of land and water and other natural resources.

2 ) Outsider / EU
06/12/2010 11:26
The 67 land swap idea is in everyone's best interests.

3 ) Plain / Truth
06/12/2010 15:53

This is NOT news, since the Saudi's Arab League initiative, and
the whole Muslim world already "pledged support for '67 state".


4 ) Joe Fattal / USA
06/12/2010 17:16
I agree with Erdogan. The 67 state line are probably the best for for both the Palestinians and Israel to agree on. Right now Israel is like that recent wild fire, they building from left to right unless someone comes along and make a stop to it. As the international community came to Israel's assistance to stop the fire, the same International community need to come to the Palestinians asistance to stop building the settlements that are blocking the peace process.

5 ) Mary / US
06/12/2010 17:45
A great man - Erdogan!

6 ) Plain / Truth
06/12/2010 18:15

The Chief negotiator on Iran nuclear talks says: "Don't expect much".

The same is true for Arab-Israeli peace talks, if they ever even begin:
* "DON'T EXPECT ANYTHING",
for if the EU, the US, Russia, Britain, France and Germany can't halt Iran's
NON-essential nuclear program, how could they ever force
insecure borders on a very threatened country, like Israel ???


7 ) Plain / Truth
06/12/2010 18:27
Joe-4, LET'S BE HONEST:
There is NO "best for for both the Palestinians and Israel".
- the best for Palestinians was before the Fall of the Ottoman Empire, &
- the best for Israel was during the reign of King David !!!

Just like most countries have already given-up on the idea, of ever
- returning to the 1947 Partition plan, and
- the borders after the 1948 war,
THEY SHOULD ALSO FORGET ABOUT 1967 BORDERS !!!

A realistic approach could lead to Palestinian statehood, but NOT fantasy.

8 ) Khalid / USA
06/12/2010 18:31
Alhumdulillah! Perhaps with Turkish leadership Pan-Islamism may have an honest resurgence in this region. At least it would not longer be used by the degenerates of the House of Saud to stifle dissent.

9 ) Niva dos Santos / Brazil
07/12/2010 06:36
Mad dogs like bla,bla,bla Plainshit can bark till die, but the prcess just begun! Brazil, Argentina, next year, Uruguay, and, I got no doubt, THE ENTIRE SOUTH AMERICA will support a PALESTINE STATE! And, guess what, the world that gives a shit for USA/UE/, etc., either!! VIVA THE CLOSE PALESTINE STATE!!!!!

10 ) Outsider / EU
07/12/2010 11:19
The EU is a breath away from giving Palestine full diplomatic relations. I'm not sure why they haven't done so already, as several foreign ministers from member states openly support a Palestinian state. However, let's not forget the suicidal split between Fatah and Hamas.

11 ) almabu / germany
07/12/2010 12:43
The 67-pre-war-borders are the best starting point for detailled negotiations between Abbas and Netanyahu.

12 ) Phil / UK
07/12/2010 13:09
7) There is a 'best' way. Its God's way. Everyone back to their own lands! Jeremiah 12:14-16. "This is what the Lord says: “As for all my wicked neighbours who seize the inheritance I gave my people Israel, I will uproot them from their lands and I will uproot the house of Judah from among them. But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to his own inheritance and his own country".
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