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Medvedev endorses independent Palestine

Medvedev endorses independent Palestine
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The Russian president has reaffirmed his country’s support for Palestinian statehood during a visit to the West Bank that is likely to further complicate international peacemaking efforts in the Middle East.

Dmitry Medvedev was making his first trip to the Palestinian territory as Russian head of state.

He told reporters that in the interests of the peace process, both sides needed to remain but respect their obligations. And he called again for a freeze in settlement building in West Bank and East Jerusalem, which Palestinians want as the capital their hoped for state.

Russia, along with the US, the EU and the UN have been leading efforts to reach a final peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.

There has been a series of recognitions of Palestinian statehood in recent months, particularly by Latin American countries. Israel fears they may encourage the Palestinians towards a unilateral declaration of statehood.

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