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Iceland the first western country to recognise Palestine as a state

The Icelandic parliament, Alltinget, has passed a motion with 38 of 63 votes in favour of a resolution to recognose Palestine as an independent and sovereign state, based on the borders before the six-day war of 1967.

“Iceland is the first country in western europe to take this step,” said Ossur Skarphedinsson, the minister for foreign affairs, to the Icelandic national broadcasting. He said will discuss the resolution with the other Nordic countries, before he makes a formal declaration on behalf of the government.
Recently, Iceland, Norway and nine other European countries accepted Palestine as a full member state of Unesco, the UN organisation for culture and science.

You’ll find the full story in The Guardian

Unesco grants Palestine full membership

The motion to admit Palestine was passed by a Unesco members meeting in Paris today, with 107 votes in favor, 14 against and 52 abstentions.

The United States, Canada and Germany voted against Palestinian membership. Brazil, Russia, China, India, South Africa, France and Norway voted in favor. Britain abstained. The three biggest EU members thus demonstrated how divided they are on Middle East policy, with the German, French and British vote in open disagreement.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on the event.

Unesco writes about the vote here.

Unesco, the UN cultural organisation, is the first UN organisation Palestine has sought to join, after president Mahmoud Abbas applied for UN membership 23rd August this year.

The Israeli government will reconsider its relationship to Unesco, after today’s vote, according to Haaretz.

According to the Israeli newspaper, USA lawmakers have threated Unesco to hold back US funding of 80 mill US $ if the organisation accepted Palestinian membership.