France EU Palestinians

October 6, 2011 - 12:50 PM
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, is greeted by Melvut Cavusoglu, president of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe, as they enter the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, eastern France, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. Abbas has addressed the parliamentary assembly of the 47-member Council of Europe after appealing last month for United Nations recognition of a Palestinian state, which is opposed by the United States and Israel. Abbas is urging European countries that have expressed past willingness to recognize a Palestinian state that "there is no time more appropriate than now." (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)