Last updated: 2 September, 2011

France: Palestinian statehood bid dangerous

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Friday that a bid by Palestinians to win UN recognition as a state would risk triggering a dangerous diplomatic confrontation.

Palestinians, frustrated by the failure of the frozen US-sponsored peace process with Israel, plan to campaign for recognition at the UN General Assembly later this month.

“France hopes that they use the occasion for reopening the path to dialogue rather than risking a futile and dangerous diplomatic confrontation,” Juppe told an annual gathering of French ambassadors.