Fayyad: World can't recognize S. Sudan and not Palestine

February 16, 2011 16:21

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said that it would be faced with a serious moral dilemma if it allows the establishment of a Southern Sudanese state without recognizing "the right of the Palestinian people to an independent state," in an interview with London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al Hayat on Wednesday.

The world cannot support the rights of one people and ignore those of another, he added. "It [the world] will be embarrassed at the end of this summer if it recognizes a Southern Sudanese state and not a Palestinian one."

How many state institutions that operate under the rule of law are there in Southern Sudan, he asked, "while in Palestine under the occupation, our institutions and governance live up to regional and even international standards."

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