France to vote on recognising Palestinian state

French lawmakers will vote on whether or not to recognise the state of Palestine. (AFP)

French lawmakers will vote on whether or not to recognise the state of Palestine. (AFP)

French lawmakers will vote on November 28 2014 on a proposal by the Socialist Party urging the government to recognise Palestine as a state, a parliamentary source said Wednesday.

French socialist lawmakers submitted a motion to Parliament on Tuesday asking the government to recognise Palestine as a state, sources said, weeks after British MPs passed a similar vote.

The non-binding but highly symbolic vote would follow a similar vote in Sweden as well, after the country announced it formally recognised the state of Palestine.

A draft of the proposal states that the lower house National Assembly “invites the French government to use the recognition of the state of Palestine as an instrument to gain a definitive resolution of the conflict”.

France will “obviously at a certain moment recognise the Palestinian state,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told AFP on Saturday.

“The question is when and how? Because this recognition must be useful for efforts to break the deadlock and contribute to a final resolution of the conflict,” added Fabius.

Britain/Sweden vote to recognise Palestinian state
British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on October 13 in favour of a non-binding motion to “recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution”.

The motion was passed by 274 in favour to 12 votes against, to “recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel” as part of a “contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution”.

Sweden announced on October 30 that it officially recognised the state of Palestinian, a move criticised by Israel and the United States.

The Palestinian Authority estimates that 134 countries have now recognised Palestine as a state, although the number is disputed and several recognitions by what are now European Union member states date back to the Soviet era.

On Saturday, Europe’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called for a Palestinian state sharing Jerusalem as its capital with Israel. – AFP

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