EU Lawmakers Stop Short of Palestine Recognition Vote
(dailyalert.org, Dec. 7, 2014)
EU lawmakers stopped short on Tuesday of proposing a joint motion urging EU members to recognize a state of Palestine, settling instead on a compromise resolution that peace talks should progress. The European People’s Party (EPP), the largest group in the European Parliament, and the fourth largest group, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), said recognition should only form part of a negotiated agreement with Israel.
After negotiations Tuesday, the following text was agreed upon: “(The European Parliament) supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced.” (Reuters)