EU: Jerusalem should be capital of Israel and Palestine

Published December 8th, 2009 - 02:41 GMT

EU nations agreed on Tuesday that Jerusalem should be the capital of both Israel and a future Palestinian state. European Union foreign ministers, meeting for a second day of talks in Brussels, adopted a text saying that Jerusalem should provide "the future capital of the two states," as part of a negotiated settlement.

 

An earlier proposal by the Swedish EU presidency, to support the idea of east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, was dropped by the foreign ministers.

 

An Israeli diplomat told AFP afterward that it would be "an improvement" if east Jerusalem were not mentioned in the text.

 

It speaks on a "contiguous" as well as viable Palestinian state and also states that the European Union "has never recognised the annexation of East Jerusalem." The EU document insists that "the European Union will not recognise any changes to the pre-1967 borders" thereby refusing to recognise Israel's right to occupy the area.

 

Luxembourg's foreign minister Jean Asselborn was supportive of the original Swedish statement. East Jerusalem is "not part of Israel," he said. Other EU nations, including Germany, Italy and the Czech republic, refused to impose a settlement on Israel and the Palestinians.

 

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