Chile recognizes Palestinian state

Chile said on Friday it had recognized a Palestinian state, joining an endorsement by Latin American peers.

Chile recognizes Palestinian state

Chile said on Friday it had recognized a Palestinian state, joining an endorsement by Latin American peers.

Brazil became the first of several South American countries in recent weeks to recognize a Palestine state along pre-1967 borders. Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia and Ecuador have done the same and Mexico, Peru and Nicaragua are reported to be considering recognition.

"The Chilean government has adopted a resolution to recognize the state of Palestine as free, independent and sovereign," Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno told reporters, saying he hoped the recognition would help give fresh impetus to negotiations.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thanked Brazil last week for recognizing his nation's statehood with its first embassy in the Americas and said other countries were following suit.

The Palestinians' current strategy centers on a proclamation of statehood in September 2011, the end of the 12 months set as a target for the talks launched in Washington.

Palestinian authorities are hoping for a diplomatic domino effect to back their effort for a state in all of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Direct peace talks revived by Washington in September after a year's suspension collapsed after Israeli refusal to stop illegal settlements on the occupied Palestinian lands within weeks.


Agencies

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