World Bulletin/News Desk
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday urged the United Kingdom to follow suit by recognizing the state of Palestine.
Abbas, who is on an official visit to the UK, addressed British MPs at the House of Commons in a closed-to-press meeting led by Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee Richard Ottoway.
In regards to the Palestinian president's speech at the House of Commons, the Palestinian UK Mission released a statement on Wednesday saying that Abbas had informed MPs about the latest developments regarding the Middle East peace process.
Abbas explained that the current negotiations are covering the core final status issues with the hope of reaching a comprehensive agreement including end of claims and conflict, noted the statement.
Abbas underscored that Palestinians would shoulder all their commitments to the Arab Peace Initiative should Israel fulfill its obligations by withdrawing to the 1967 borders and allowing the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
He also mentioned that he hoped Israel would honor its commitments particularly by halting the construction of settlements, and expressed his deepest appreciation for EU’s decision to issue recent guidelines which ban cooperation between European institutions and illegal settlements, the statement added.
Palestinian President Abbas hoped the UK would continue taking steps in realizing the two-state solution. Addressing the British MPs, he stressed that 138 states had voted last year for Palestine as a non-member state with observer status at the UN, and urged "Great Britain to follow suit by recognizing the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital on the 1967 borders."
He concluded his speech by highlighting that the Palestinian people need the UK’s support to achieve peace and security.
Within scope of his London talks, Abbas will come together with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the leader of the opposition Labor Party Ed Miliband before heading to French capital Paris.Last Mod: 11 Eylül 2013, 17:00