Palestinian state could be created: Kouchner

12th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

JERUSALEM, Sept 12, 2007 (AFP) - Israeli and Palestinian leaders have made significant progress in their talks that could soon lead to the creation of a Palestinian state, visiting French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Wednesday.

JERUSALEM, Sept 12, 2007 (AFP) - Israeli and Palestinian leaders have made significant progress in their talks that could soon lead to the creation of a Palestinian state, visiting French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Wednesday.

"A Palestinian state should be created in the coming weeks," Kouchner said in a speech at the French cultural centre in Jerusalem, as he wrapped up a three-day visit in which he met Israeli and Palestinian leaders, his first trip after assuming office.

Kouchner said that an international Middle East conference called for by the United States, expected to take place in November, was an "opportunity that must not be missed."

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, who have held a series of meetings in recent months in an effort to reach a breakthrough in the stalled peace progress, "have began working on a framework, a roadmap" ahead of the summit, he said.

"I seriously felt that something is happening between Israelis and Palestinians," Kouchner said.

France's top diplomat kicked off his first visit to the Middle East on Monday, and also plans to visit Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon.

AFP

Subject: French news

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