RAMALLAH (AFP) - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas urged European Union nations on Friday to separately or collectively recognise the state of Palestine. During a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Abbas "affirmed that the Palestinian position was to resume the peace process" with Israel, expecting Israeli PM Netanyahu to accept to talk of two states and to halt Jewish settlements, especially in Jerusalem, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said. "We are calling on the European Union to help us on the question of moving the United Nations to accept Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders," Erakat was quoted as saying by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA. Ashton arrived in Israel on Thursday and met Friday with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. She later met Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad and president Abbas in the West Bank. She is due to hold talks with Netanyahu on Sunday.