Bolivia President Evo Morales.
(photo credit: AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Bolivia on Friday announced its intention to recognize Palestine as an
independent state inside the 1967 lines, joining Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay
that have taken similar steps in recent weeks.
According to AFP, Bolivian
President Evo Morales made the announcement in Paraguay, and said his government
would send a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the
coming days recognizing Palestinian as “an independent and sovereign
An Israeli government official reacted to the statement by saying
that “if the Palestinians think the road to statehood goes through La Paz, they
are sadly mistaken.
The only road to statehood is through negotiation and
a peace agreement with Israel.”
Bolivia’s move only “strengthens the
Palestinian illusion that there might be a substitute to talks with Israel,” the
Countries that announced recognition of a Palestinian
state “are inadvertently harming the peace process by strengthening those on the
Palestinian side who want to avoid direct engagement,” he said.
Venezuela and Ecuador are the countries in South America with the closest ties
to Iran. Bolivia cut ties with Israel in 2009 following Operation Cast
The Bolivian move follows similar actions taken over the past few
weeks by Brazil and Argentina, with Uruguay announcing that it will recognize a
Palestinian state in 2011.
Abbas welcomed the move and thanked Bolivia
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The Bolivian president
reportedly spoke with Abbas three days before the announcement.
of the announcements by South American countries, Palestinian negotiators last
week asked European countries to recognize a Palestinian state, even without a
peace deal with Israel.
The EU, however, made clear in a statement
following a meeting of its foreign ministers last week, as well as in a
statement put out by its foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday, that
a peace agreement needed to be reached through negotiations.
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