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9 EU states recognize Palestine

9 EU states recognize Palestine

At U.N. 70% of member countries, but not the U.S. and Italy

ROMA, 22 maggio 2024, 23:51

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After the decision of Spain and Ireland (along with Norway) the number of EU countries to recognize a state of Palestine has risen to 9. At the UN level, according to the NPC, this position has been taken by 70 percent of members: 142 out of 193. Italy and the United States are not among them.
    * EUROPE - Sweden was the first EU country to take this step, in 2014, at the height of months of clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in East Jerusalem. The State of Palestine had already been recognized by Bulgaria, Cyprus, Hungary, Poland, Romania, then Czechoslovakia, when they were in the orbit of the USSR (but after splitting with Slovakia, the Czech Republic took a step back). Today, in the wake of the Israeli offensive in Gaza, support for Palestinian statehood has come from Norway (which is not part of the EU), Ireland, and Spain.
    Malta recognizes the Palestinians' right to statehood but not formally the State of Palestine, although last March it said it was ready to take that step, as did Slovenia, "when circumstances are right."For Emmanuel Macron, the issue of recognizing a Palestinian state without a negotiated peace is "no longer a taboo for France," although Paris is not currently leaning toward doing so.As for Italy, it believes that this solution should be reached through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.A position shared with the United States.
    * REST OF THE WORLD - Almost all of Asia, Africa and Latin America formally recognize the Palestinian state.Algeria was the first country, in 1988, after the unilateral proclamation of a state entity by then PLO leader Yasser Arafat.After a few weeks, dozens of countries followed suit: much of the Arab world, India, Turkey, much of Africa. In 2010-2011 a number of South American countries joined in, including Argentina, Brazil and Chile.
    In November 2012, the Palestinian flag was raised for the first time at the United Nations in New York after the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to elevate the Palestinians' status to "non-member observer state."On May 10, the Assembly voted on a resolution affirming that Palestine is "qualified to become a member state" with 143 votes in favor, 25 abstentions (including Italy) and nine against, including the US.Washington, as well as Rome, still maintains diplomatic relations with the Palestinian National Authority, along with Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.


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