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        8/28/2011, Av 28, 5771

      Barak: PA Statehood Bid Unproductive


      Defense Minister Ehud Barak told visiting European Union foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton, Sunday, that the Palestinian Authority's bid to the United Nations for recognition as a sovereign state is bad and unproductive. He said the proper approach is through negotiations with no preconditions. Barak said that if things don't work out that way, all the sides should arrive at a formula that calls for negotiations as quickly as possible.

      Barak said he was glad to see that Europe was not deterred from being part of the effort to bring about the end of the Qaddafi regime in Libya, adding "There are other rulers in the area who await a similar fate in the end."