Monday, September 19, 2011

AP Interview: Romania to abstain on Palestinians

By: ALISON MUTLER | 09/16/11

Romania's foreign minister says his country will abstain on voting on Palestinian statehood if the issue arises at a U.N. General Assembly session next week.

Teodor Baconschi also says there is no consensus on the subject within the European Union's 27 member states, but if one emerges, Romania will comply.

Baconschi told The Associated Press on Friday that Romania believes "a viable Palestinian state, which is a legitimate political ideal, depends on direct negotiations between both sides," a reference to struggling Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

The Palestinians have said they will ask the Security Council next week to accept them as a full member of the United Nations. Washington has promised to veto the measure.

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