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Vatican in talks with PLO to establish juridical accord

December 09, 2010

The Vatican has resumed diplomatic talks with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), aimed at securing the legal status of Church institutions on Palestinian territory.

The talks follow up on a “basic agreement” reached with the PLO in 2000. For years the Holy See has been engaged in separate talks with the state of Israel, hoping to establish the same sort of juridical accord.

The current round of talks was held at the PLO headquarters in Ramallah. Msgr. Ettore Balestero, the Vatican undersecretary for Relations with States, headed the Holy See’s delegation.


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