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Spain tells Abbas it backs efforts for Palestinian state
Published Tuesday 19/07/2011 (updated) 21/07/2011 19:38
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MADRID (AFP) -- Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez told visiting President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday that Madrid backs efforts to create an independent Palestinian state, the government said.

Abbas met with Jimenez and Spain's King Juan Carlos at the start of a two-day visit to the country aimed at drumming up support for United Nations recognition of a Palestinian state.

"The minister expressed the desire to continue the work which has been carried out over the past years to strengthen ties and support efforts by the Palestinian National Authority to build a future Palestinian state," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Jimenez also told Abbas that the bid for UN recognition of a Palestinian state was "legitimate" and said Madrid would determine its position "based on the proposals that arise, in a constructive spirit".

Abbas will Wednesday meet with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Madrid before heading to Barcelona where he will hold talks with the new head of the Union for the Mediterranean, Morocco's Youssef Amrani.

He arrived in Spain from Norway and will head to Turkey after leaving Barcelona on Wednesday.

The United States has been cool to the idea of UN recognition and has urged the Palestinian government in Ramallah and Israel not to take unilateral steps that could jeopardize a final peace settlement.
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1 ) Paul, anti half way / Shiloh
20/07/2011 00:35
USA & its 51st Z-state will do all they can to look like they want peace while doing everything they can to acutally prolong the current conflict until Israel builds in every inch of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Drop the Half Way stance and back Messiah and do what the Prophets have said instead of the half secular half religious BS tried for years. The Arabs will not buy it, Neturei Karta the true religious Jews will not buy it and God will no longer cause it to prosper Ezekiel 14.

2 ) muhammad / palestine
20/07/2011 01:37
Hi I'm a Palestinian resident and I really hope that palestine gets to become its own independent state because there's no need for isrleal to even want to have control over us when were just a small population, That at times has to see its own pepole die infront of them, and its always going to be some one father or someone morther, dauthger, or son we really need to change

3 ) silver / phil.
20/07/2011 02:33
us urged the 2 parties not to take unilateral steps that could jeopardize a final peace agreement. fine idea but continues building of illegal settlements is not only unilateral but illegal under the international law. us should stop nonse talk since you are blindly pro israHELL

4 ) Sgt.Pepper / Canada
20/07/2011 06:19
What about Muslim settlements in the West Bank, are they illegal too. It's disputed territory, settle it mutually.

5 ) Lukas / AntiZionist
20/07/2011 11:41
# 4, there is nothing "disputed" about those territories. It belongs to Palestine according to all international laws and the Geneva Conventions. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it. You are obviously attempting to mislead or either you are fooled, maybe by your ridiculous government with the loony Harper as PM.

6 ) Nour / One-State
20/07/2011 13:25
#4 Muslim settlements? You call a 1,400 year old community a "settlement"? Did you forget that most Palestinians are descendents of Christians and Jews anyway? Such fascism, Sgt. Pepper, if anything it's you who is on an illegal settlement on INUIT and AMERINDIAN LAND !!

7 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
20/07/2011 17:17
5 ) Lukas

How convenient, you cite "International Laws" when it suits your purpose and ignore those very same Laws when it doesn't

You woulldn't have had this mess in the first place, if you had abided by the UN Resolution that called for two States, one Jewish, the othe Arab

8 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
20/07/2011 17:22
6) Nour

Most of what your refer to as Palestinian's are farily recent arrivals
You know, time and time again, I've asked you to back up your statements with "FACTS", to this very date, you have refused to
Where was your Capital city, name your ancient Rulers, what forms of currency did you use ?
You know the drill, answer the questions and prove your claim

9 ) @ Nour (6) / Fairness
20/07/2011 18:21

The Bible is NOT a lie, and the ancient Arabs proved it.
( see the Steles left by Kings Mesha & Merneptah, and at Dan )

Jews have really owned the Land 1,400 years, during the times of their "judges", kings & prophets, while "Palestinians" were largely just schare-cropper, during the latter Ottoman period (a few 100 years only).

So, it is more you that are lying, by
"calling a 1,400 year old community a settlement",
but only if it is Jewish !!!


10 ) @ muhammad / Truth
20/07/2011 18:28

Hoping will NOT make "palestine gets to become its own independent state".
- THAT WILL REQUIRE NEGOTIATIONS !!

"there's no need for isrleal to even want to have control over us",
which is why THEY ALREADY GAVE US OUR POPULATION CENTERS
(total control in Gaza, & Area A, and shared-control in Area B).
- Now to get anything more WILL AGAIN REQUIRE NEGOTIATIONS !!!


11 ) BEN JABO / ISRAEL
20/07/2011 18:53
Nour
Would you mind telling me where I can find Palestine or Jerusalem mentioned in the Koran ?

12 ) Star UK / UK
20/07/2011 21:40
Dear Spain, when you need a EU loan to prop up your economy, I as a tax payer in the UK will do all I can to support it! Bless you!

13 ) Amin / Netherlands
21/07/2011 16:05
Viva Espania !


14 ) @ Ben / http://quran.com/17
21/07/2011 17:41

Actually, the HOLY KORAN DOES (Sahih International) write about Jerusalem,
and also the temple that stood there:
- "to sadden your faces and to enter the Temple in Jerusalem" (17:7) !!

And, It also about Moses, the Torah, & Israel:
- "We gave Moses the Scripture and made it a guidance for the Children of Israel" (17:2), &
- "We sent against you servants of Ours - those of great military might, ...
Then We gave back to you a return victory over them", 17:5-6 ), etc. !!!

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