France moots June conference on Mideast peace process

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France may turn a donors' conference on a future Palestinian state set for June into a political meeting to relaunch the stalled Middle East peace process, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Wednesday.

"Our idea would be to use the donors conference meeting at the end of June to hold a real political conference and restart the dialogue," Juppe told the French parliament's foreign affairs committee.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks in Paris on Thursday.

"How much will we be able to get him to evolve? You know the man, his character, his determination," Juppe said of Netanyahu, playing down the chances of a rapid breakthough in the peace process.

© 2011 AFP

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