Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday said that "Palestinian independence has become a tangible reality," Army Radio reported.
"All the states in favor of freedom, justice and peace support the Palestinian struggle," Abbas was quoted as saying at a Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) conference in Algeria to mark 21 years since the Palestinian announcement of independence. Abbas called on those states to redouble their efforts to "help end the occupation" so that the Palestinian people can have a sovereign state.
"A Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as its capital, is coming soon, with God's help," said Abbas. "Today we are renewing our commitment to the entire Palestinian people - the martyrs, the wounded and the prisoners - to continue the path to victory, the path to a free and independent Palestine."
The Palestinians declared independence unilaterally on November 15, 1988. The declaration was recognized by dozens of countries, but never implemented on the ground.