12 Sep '11, 11am

Germany urges Palestinian caution over UN bid - Straits Times

JERUSALEM (AFP) - German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has urged Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas to tread carefully in his bid for United Nations (UN) membership, warning that such a strategy could ultimately harm peace efforts. A German foreign ministry statement released on Monday, as Westerwelle was due to arrive in Israel from neighbouring Jordan and as the Arab league was meeting in Cairo to discuss the Palestinian gambit, did not explicitly counsel Mr Abbas to drop the plan. 'Germany... supports the aim of a viable Palestinian state as a result of negotiations,' the English-language statement quoted the German minister as telling Mr Abbas at a meeting in Amman on Sunday evening. 'However, steps that risk to make any progress towards a two-state-solution more difficult should be avoided,' it said. 'With a view to a possible Palestinian request to the UN, the deci...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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