Saturday Jul 02, 201106:33 PM GMT
'Spain might recognize Palestinian state'
Sat Jul 2, 2011 6:33PM
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Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas
The PA has hailed the Spanish parliament for advising its government to recognize a Palestinian state in case talks between Israel and Palestine would not resume.


Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat on Saturday called on the Spanish government to take their parliament's advice to vote in favor of Palestinian statehood in September when they are to seek UN recognition, Xinhua reported.

"This is a step in the right direction," he added.

The Spanish parliament advised its government on Friday to support the Palestinians for recognition.

Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas had earlier announced that 130 countries have so far agreed to recognize a Palestinian state based on the lines before the 1967 Mideast war.

He, however, added that the “world is not united and there are many who try to thwart” their efforts for a statehood.

The Israeli-Palestinian talks reached a deadlock after Tel Aviv refused to extend a 10-month partial freeze on its illegal settlement activities.

Last month, leaked cables revealed that Israel's Foreign Ministry had launched a global campaign to thwart the Palestinian move to seek statehood recognition.

Israeli diplomats have been instructed to lobby the highest possible officials in their respective countries and muster their support to vote against the recognition of a Palestinian state.

Moreover, Israel's closest ally, the United States, has promised to veto any vote for the recognition of the Palestinian statehood.

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