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Updated: May 23, 2011 14:54 IST

EU backs Obama's call for 1967 borders

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European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. File photo: AP.
European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. File photo: AP.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says that "on some of the key issues (Obama) was very much on the European line."

EU ministers say they will back President Barack Obama’s call for a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians based on the 1967 borders.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Monday that “the EU has had a common position for a long time that the (peace talks) should be based on the 1967 lines, with land swaps.”

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says that “on some of the key issues (Obama) was very much on the European line.”

They were speaking as EU ministers gathered for their regular monthly meeting.

Mr. Bildt criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rejection of the ‘67 borders as “indefensible.” He says, “The only defence that is possible is peace.”

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