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The Spanish Foreign Minister said on Friday that Spain, as the next European Union president, intends on working towards a Palestinian state in 2010.

Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos told a news briefing in Brussels on Friday that his country, which takes over the EU presidency for six months in January, would strive for quick talks.

"My idea and my dream ... is to work for having in 2010, finally, a Palestinian state that could live in peace and security with Israel," Moratinos said.

Moratinos emphasized the urgency for a two-state solution. "It's not going to be easy, but I think it's needed. We need a Palestinian state, the sooner, the better, and that is going to be our objective," the French news agency AFP quoted Moratinos as saying.