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Greece to use term ‘Palestine’ on all public documents

22nd Dec 2015
Greece to use term ‘Palestine’ on all public documents

By Magda Panoutsopoulou

 

ATHENS, (AA): Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Monday that all Greek public documents will use the term “Palestine” rather than the term “Palestinian Authority”.

Tsipras welcomed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Athens on Monday.

He noted that Palestinians were “fighting to find justice … and whose struggle has touched and motivated struggles worldwide”.

The Greek prime minister said that a resolution was needed for the Palestinian issue as it is “key” for peaceful developments in the Middle East.

“Unfortunately, we live at a time when our region is surrounded by negative developments, great instability, wars, interventions, and growth of terrorist organizations and terrorist attacks,” said Tsipras at Maximos Mansion, the seat of the Greek prime minister.

Greece, he added, will commit to actively promote a two-state solution that “guarantees the establishment of a viable, territorially unified, independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital and which will coexist in peace and security with Israel”.

Tsipras also called for an immediate end the expansion of Israeli settlements and respect for the historical status quo of the holy sites.

“Our people and our land need to be defended by the international community in order to have peace and democracy, like other people do,” Abbas said.

“So if the Palestinian issue is resolved, then the problem of terrorism that surrounds us all will also be resolved,” Abbas also told Tsipras.

Abbas is in Greece for a two-day visit.

 

 

[Photo: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras (R) hold a press conference after their meeting in Athens, Greece on December 21, 2015. Photographer: Ayhan Mehmet/AA]

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