EU to boost status of Palestinian diplomats

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The Foreign Office confirmed it was studying a proposal that would see Palestinian “general delegations” upgraded to “diplomatic missions” in a number of European capitals.

Coming just weeks after the collapse of direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian leadership, the move was immediately denounced by the Israeli government, which accused Britain and its European allies of undermining the peace process.

“This is really sending the wrong message and I think the Europeans should worry about the consequences of this,” said Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for the Israeli foreign ministry. “This will certainly not encourage the Palestinians to return to direct talks.”

Full story: EU to boost status of Palestinian diplomats – Telegraph