French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner
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French FM: Dubai hit proves need for peace

Bernard Kouchner says he believes assassination of Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh stresses need for Palestinian state

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Friday that the Dubai assassination of Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh emphasizes the need for peace in the Middle East.


In an interview with French magazine Le Journal du Dimanche, Kouchner said that the case proved the need to establish a Palestinian state as soon as possible.


When asked by the magazine about the potential crisis between Israel and the European community, Kouchner replied: "What needs to be done in order to overcome this crisis is to involve Europe in the Middle East peace process quickly (and) to impose, the path of peace and the creation of a Palestinian state.


"We can consider the timely announcement of a Palestinian state, and immediate recognition by the international community, even before the negotiations on borders," he added.


Addressing the use of bogus foreign passports, Kouchner said Paris "condemns the targeted killings and use of forgery. Officers have not usurped the identity of one of our citizens, unlike the British, but used a false French passport and a fake name."


Israeli charge d'affaires Sammy Ravel was summoned by the French Foreign Ministry following the Dubai assassination "to explain the use of a fake French passport." in the operation. Nevertheless, neither France nor any other western nation has fingered Israel as being behind the assassination.


פרסום ראשון: 02.20.10, 07:40
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