WJC denounces S. American recognition of Palestinian state

December 8, 2010 13:05

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) expressed concern over recent announcements by Latin American countries that they recognize a Palestinian state, a statement released Tuesday by the WJC said.

"The WJC calls on the United States and other members of the Quartet - Russia, the EU and the United Nations -  to unequivocally denounce such moves and to restate their firm commitment to resolving the Middle East conflict solely through bi-lateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority," the statement said.Ronald S. Lauder, President of the WJC stated: "We find these announcements made by Brazil, Argentina, and other Latin American countries to be troubling. Palestinian-Israeli peace making is a delicate process and is meant to be directly negotiated between the parties as mandated by United Nations resolutions."

"Premature announcements by other countries regarding the recognition of any Palestinian statehood do not, as some might think, contribute to peace between Israel and her neighbors, but rather undermine the negotiations and risk derailing a fragile peace process and triggering regional instability,” Lauder added.

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