Peru recognizes independent Palestine

LIMA (WJC)–Peru has joined other Latin American states in recognizing a Palestinian state. “Today the government communicated to the ambassador of Palestine in Lima recognition of the Palestinian state as free and sovereign,” Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde said in the capital Lima last Monday. He did not specify the borders of the state endorsed by Peru.

Argentinia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana and Uruguay all have recognized a Palestinian state, some specifying that it be located within 1967 borders, in the past weeks.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev during a visit last week to the Palestinian Authority in Jericho reiterated the Soviet Union’s 1988 recognition of an independent Palestinian state, saying that “We supported and will support the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to an independent state with its capital in East Jerusalem.”

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