Paraguay to recognize Palestinian state in 2011

09:33, December 27, 2010      

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Paraguay plans to recognize an independent Palestinian state next year, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) said Sunday.

Paraguay's Foreign Minister Hector Lacognata told the Palestinian ambassador to Paraguay that his country will recognize the Palestinian state on the lands that Israel has occupied in 1967 in the spring, the Palestinian foreign ministry said in a statement.

By recognizing the Palestinian state, Paraguay joins several Latin America countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay, in doing so.

The Palestinians want to gather international support for a possible declaration of the Palestinian state after peace talks with Israel stopped in September.

Israel and the United States consider the Palestinian efforts to gain recognition from the United Nations as "unilateral" steps and insist that any Palestinian state should come through negotiations with Israel.

Source: Xinhua
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