France: Palestine state needed, urges Israel for Dubai case explanation

French PM Fillon condemned the assassination of a Hamas official in Dubai and called for the truth about the killing to be established.

France: Palestine state needed, urges Israel for Dubai case explanation

World Bulletin / News Desk

French Prime Minister Francois Fillon on Saturday condemned the assassination of a Hamas official in Dubai and called for the truth about the killing to be established.

Dubai's police chief has said he believes Mossad, the Israeli secret service, was involved in last month's killing, Reuters said.

"I do not know all the details of this issue in Dubai. I hope that light will be shone on those responsible in this assassination," Fillon said during a visit to Syria.

"France condemns assassination. Assassination is not a means of action in international relations," he added during a news conference held with his Syrian counterpart Mohammed Naji Otri.

Need for Palestinian State

France's Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said the incident underscored the need for peace in the Middle East.

 "(The case) shows the need for peace and a Palestinian state, immediately," Kouchner said in an interview with Journal du Dimanche weekend paper, to be published on Saturday.

"All assassinations, wherever they come from, whoever ordered them should be condemned," he added.

"Like the British and the Germans, we have asked the Israeli authorities for explanations as a French passport was used in the operation. We want to know the whole truth on the issue."

Britain called in Israel's ambassador to London, Ron Prosor, on Thursday to seek an explanation of how the passports of British citizens came to be used by the alleged killers.

 Foreign Secretary David Miliband said a top British diplomat had made clear to Prosor "how seriously we take any suggestion of fraudulent use of British passports" and sought Israeli assistance.

The killing of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, found dead in a hotel in Dubai on Jan. 20, has sucked in several foreign governments as the 11 suspects whose photos were distributed by the emirate appeared to have used fake European passports to enter the emirate.

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