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European Union to recognize East Jerusalem as capital of Palestinian state

European Union foreign ministers are expected to officially call next week for the division of Jerusalem, to serve as the capitals of both Israel and Palestine. Jerusalem is waging a diplomatic campaign to keep the EU from issuing such an endorsement, but diplomats close to the EU deliberations believe it is virtually inevitable.

EU foreign ministers are scheduled to meet on December 7 for a two-day meeting in Brussels on the peace process, after which a statement outlining the body’s Mideast policy is expected.

A Swedish draft represents the first official EU articulation of a solution for one of the core issues of the final-status arrangement between Israel and the Palestinians. The goal, it states, is “an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable state of Palestine, comprising the West Bank and Gaza and with East Jerusalem as its capital.”

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2 Responses to “European Union to recognize East Jerusalem as capital of Palestinian state”

  1. Quoting “Maariv” article, December 7, 2009

    A final draft of the agreement indicates that the Palestinians will receive an unprecedented European statement. Barring any last-minute changes, it will include the following principles: Europe calls for the establishment of an independent, democratic and contiguous Palestinian state in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be the capital of both states. All settlement activity must be stopped, including in East Jerusalem, including natural growth. The European Union will recognize no changes in the 1967 borders unless both sides agree to them.

    Officials in Jerusalem who learned of the details said that this was a pro-Palestinian decision. A high-ranking Israeli official said yesterday that even though Israel garnered an accomplishment regarding Jerusalem, the resolution still includes extremely problematic elements “it is certain that this is an anti-Israel development.”

  2. December 9 update – European Union foreign ministers have dropped from a draft statement a call for eastern Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state. Instead the statement, to be adopted by E.U. heads of government at a summit in Brussels later this week, now says Jerusalem should become the capital of both Israel and a future Palestinian state, as part of a negotiated peace settlement.

    In a statement Tuesday welcoming the E.U. statement, Palestinian Authority (P.A.) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said it cleared the way for the E.U. to join the United States in playing a major role in Mideast peace efforts.


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