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Senior US diplomat warns Caribbean countries

Published: Wednesday August 17, 2011 | 6:20 pm Comments 0

A senior United States diplomat says Washington will meet with Caribbean countries in a bid to discourage them from giving support to what has been described as a premature Palestinian state.

The proposal for a recognised Palestinian state is expected to be debated at next month’s United Nations meeting.

Earlier this month, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki led a delegation to a number of Caribbean and Latin American countries seeking support for the proposal.

However, Christopher Sandrolini, the charge d’ affaires at the Barbados-based US Embassy said Washington does not want to see regional governments agreeing to support the initiative outside of the already agreed framework.

Sandrolini said Washington will be holding talks with regional government to ensure that they do not commit themselves to an agreement that could derail an already tottering process.

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