Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Chile Recognizes Palestinian State

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.

[Palestinian authorities have travelled extensively to convince nations to recognise it as a state (EPA)] 
Palestinian authorities have travelled extensively to convince nations to recognise it as a state (EPA)
 
“The government of Chile has adopted the resolution today recognising the existence of the state of Palestine as a free, independent and sovereign state,” Alfredo Moreno, the foreign minister, said on Friday.

“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.

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