Brazil recognizes state of Palestine
[Translation of an article from Estadão of São Paulo for December 4. See original here.]
In a note from the Minister of Foreign Relations, Brazil announced yesterday its recognition of a Palestinian state within the borders existing before the Six-Day War of 1967. The note states that the decision was made in response to a request made in November by the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas.
In Mar del Plata, Argentina, where he is particdipating in the Ibero-American Summit, Brazilian Chancellor Celso Amorim declared that the recognition should not alter Brazil’s relations with Israel and “the decision does not imply an abandonment of the conviction that negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians are esssential, with the goal of reaching mutual concessions on questions central to the conflict.” (more…)