MADRID, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Spain hopes a meeting of European
Union foreign ministers on Sept. 2 will bring progress towards
the recognition of a Palestinian state, Minister of Foreign
Affairs Trinidad Jimenez said.
"There's the feeling that now is the time to do something,
to give the Palestinians the hope that a state could become
reality," she said in an interview with El Pais newspaper
published on Sunday.
"We have to give them some signal, because if we don't it
could generate great frustration for the Palestinian people."
The meeting of EU foreign ministers in Sopot, Poland comes
ahead of a United Nations General Assembly meeting later in
September where President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking to upgrade
the Palestinians' status, but is unlikely to emerge with full
U.N. membership for his country.
More likely is an upgrade of the Palestinian territories to
become a non-member state from its current status as an
observer. That would not need Security Council approval and
would elevate the Palestinians' U.N. status to equal that of the
(Reporting by Sonya Dowsett; Editing by Jon Hemming)