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FACTDROP: Iceland votes to recognise Palestine


Iceland votes to recognise Palestine

Össur Skarphéðinsson, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs told the United Nations General Assembly that Iceland was determined to fully recognize Palestine and that he will next week put to the Parliament of Iceland a resolution on the recognition of Palestine as a sovereign and independent state.

Πηγή: theage
Nov 30 2011

Iceland's parliament has voted to recognise the Palestinian territories as an independent state.

Parliament posted on its website Tuesday that it had passed the motion, with 38 of 63 votes in favour of a resolution to recognise Palestine "as an independent and sovereign state" based on borders predating the Six Day War of 1967.

The resolution recognises the Palestine Liberation Organisation as the legal authority for the state and urges Israel and Palestine to reach a peace agreement,
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The vote comes as Palestinians prepare to make a bid for full United Nations membership, although the suspected failure to win the required support of nine of the Security Council's 15 members, and a promise from the United States that it will veto any council resolution endorsing membership is threatening to stall the move.

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