Palestinian children enjoy a ride in the West Bank city of Jenin on the first day of Eid al-Fitr on Tuesday
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. © Saif Dahlah - AFP
Palestinian children enjoy a ride in the West Bank city of Jenin on the first day of Eid al-Fitr on Tuesday
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Last updated: December 29, 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.

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