Chile joins other South American nations to recognize Palestine as a “full, free and sovereign” state.CommonDreams.org, Jan 8, 2011
Chile has become the latest South American country to officially recognise Palestine as an independent state.
“Chile has permanently and consistently supported the right of the Palestinian people to constitute themselves as an independent state, in peaceful coexistence with the state of Israel,” Moreno said.
Chile’s decision follows a meeting in Brazil between Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador last month recognised Palestine within its borders prior to 1967, and Uruguay and Paraguay are expected to join them in the coming weeks.
Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Costa Rica also recognise the Palestinian state.