Italian government ready to recognise Palestinian state

(AGI) Rome, Feb 27 - The Italian government fully supports "thedrive from Parliament to promote recognition of a Palestinianstate and to encourage renewed negotiations between theparties", said Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni during abriefing on foreign affairs policies in the Chamber of Deputieson Friday. "The Palestinians have a right to their own state,"he continued, "just as Israel has the right to live in securityin the face of those who want to erase its existence bystatute." Turning to the Libyan crisis, the minister explainedthat "Italy is ready to do its part aligned with

(AGI) Rome, Feb 27 - The Italian government fully supports "thedrive from Parliament to promote recognition of a Palestinianstate and to encourage renewed negotiations between theparties", said Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni during abriefing on foreign affairs policies in the Chamber of Deputieson Friday. "The Palestinians have a right to their own state,"he continued, "just as Israel has the right to live in securityin the face of those who want to erase its existence bystatute." Turning to the Libyan crisis, the minister explainedthat "Italy is ready to do its part aligned with decisions thatwill be made by the United Nations" if the diplomatic routefails. "We have faith in the efforts made under the aegis ofthe United Nations to reach at least a basis for a governmentof national reconciliation. Right now this is the way to go oninternational level." The Italian FM stressed that Italy willstart "no crusade" against international terrorism, but is"aware of the fact that democracy and freedom need to bedefended. Italy will do all it can to defend its security bycounteracting this barbarism. We are active, on civil andcultural levels and through communication, in fighting theterrible challenge facing Western democracies as fundamentalistterrorism distorts Islam to threaten our lives and our way oflife." The minister also discussed the Greek crisis, sayingthat "Italy cannot accept even the idea of a great country likeGreece withdrawing from the European Union. With intelligentwork from the European and the Greek government's side, thevictory of Syriza may make Europe more attentive to growth." Asfor the case of the two Italian marines held in India,Gentiloni reiterated that "the government is working withoutfuss to finally resolve the case, which is still an openwound". . .