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EU leaders trying to unify on Palestine

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who called for the EU to "speak in a single voice." UPI/David Silpa
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who called for the EU to "speak in a single voice." UPI/David Silpa | License Photo

SOPOT, Poland, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- European Union foreign ministers were meeting Friday in Poland, trying to come to a unified position on Palestine's efforts to improve its international status.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy this week called on EU countries to "speak in a single voice" on the issue of Palestine, the EUobserver reported.

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While countries such as France, Britain and Greece are likely to support the Palestinian effort to be recognized as a state by the U.N. General Assembly, Germany and other pro-Israeli states are expected to oppose the move, the newspaper said.

The United States has said it will veto the U.N. bid.

The EU last year agreed to recognize Palestine on some occasions, as long as Israel and the Palestinian Authority resume peace talks.

The EUobserver said one option if the United States vetoes the bid is for Palestine to be recognized as a country but not a full U.N. member.

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