Friday, November 30th 2012 - 22:32 UTC

Solid Latam support for Palestine ‘observer status’ vote at the UN

Latinamerican countries most of which recognize Palestine as a free and sovereign state, helped this week with their votes to elevate the status of the Palestine Authority to “non member observer” which was approved this week by an overwhelming majority of the UN General Assembly.

Only Panama voted against and Guatemala, Colombia and Paraguay abstained at the General Assembly

Panama was the only Latam country among the nine that did not support the UN resolution considered ‘historic’, while Paraguay, Guatemala and Colombia joined the ranks of those that abstained, 41. The rest of Latam voted in favour of the motion which is similar to the Vatican status and finally totalled 138 ayes.

Two surprises: Mexico that supported the motion but does not recognize the state of Palestine and Paraguay’s abstention which last year with President Fernando Lugo voted as the rest of South American countries.

Panamanian Foreign Ministry Romulo Roux said that his country does not recognize Palestine as a state but admits their right to become one as long as they have the “capacity to live in peace with its neighbours”.

Guatemala that does not recognize Palestine as an independent state has already anticipated abstention, while Colombia another abstainer is a similar case to Mexico: it does not recognize an independent Palestine state but in 1995 had the diplomatic initiative of formalizing a ‘Special mission’ or Palestine embassy in Bogotá.

In Chile which hosts 400.000 Palestine mostly descendents from XX century immigrants, mostly Catholic, are the largest Palestine community overseas, and celebrated enthusiastically the UN resolution. Even when Palestine has an embassy in Santiago since 1991, Chile only recognized Palestine as a “free, independent and sovereign” state on January 2011.

Since the end of 2010 several Latinamerican countries have recognized the Palestine state: Chile and Brazil in 2010; Bolivia and Ecuador, 2010; Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Honduras and El Salvador in 2011. All of them with the exception of Chile and Peru have affirmed that the Palestine State borders must be those previous to 4 June 1967, before the Six-day war, as was approved by this week’s UN resolution.

Cuba and Nicaragua are among the 94 countries which recognized the unilateral proclamation of a Palestine State approved by the Palestine National Council in Algiers back in 1988 and also were among the first to recognize the Palestine National Authority established in 1994 following the Oslo agreements.

Venezuela’ Chavez has supported the Palestine state since taking office back in 1999 and in April 2009, four months after having broken relations with Israel because of the Gaza offensive it formalized diplomatic relations with Palestine with the opening of an embassy in Caracas.

Costa Rica in Central America recognizes the Palestine National Authority and established diplomatic relations in 2008, two years after having moved its embassy in Israel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. The Dominican Republic recognized the Palestine state in July 2009 with which it has formal diplomatic relations. El Salvador and Honduras did the same in August 2011.

Ecuador trusts that the UN resolution is a step forward in the search for “a peaceful, fair and long lasting peace” between Palestine and Israel, with the full establishment of recognized borders by both states.

Brazil reiterated its support for the ‘immediate’ resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestine National Authority, which will lead to ‘a sustainable and long lasting peace based on the solution of the two states”, according to a brief release from the Foreign Ministry.

This was the fourth attempt by Palestine authorities to obtain international support since the UN recognized the right of the Palestine people to self determination back in 1974. The last attempt was in September 2011, when the Palestine petition before the UN to be admitted as full member was blocked in the Security Council by Washington. However on 31 October 2011, Unesco recognized Palestine as a full member despite the opposition from the US and Germany.

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1 Pirate Love (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 10:39 pm Report abuse
well well, one terrorist state voting for another, what a world.
2 Brasileiro (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 10:44 pm Report abuse
of course, Glory to Palestine!
3 Anbar (#) Nov 30th, 2012 - 11:37 pm Report abuse
“”“well well, one terrorist state voting for another, what a world.”“”“

Palestinians deserve recognition AND self-determination.... its got nothing to do with terrorists.

Very saddened that the UK abstained, at least it didnt vote against.... amazing that the USA didnt wag us into the ”against” camp.
4 Pirate Love (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 01:28 am Report abuse
@3 realistcally, who do you think runs palestine??
palestinians?? No
Hamas?? No
think who supplies their weapons and rockets, then we are getting real close.
who do you think sponsors hamas?
still think it has nothing to do with terrorists??

Uk should of voted against!!
5 andy65 (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 01:31 am Report abuse
UK vote was the right vote.
6 Brasileiro (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 01:35 am Report abuse
7 Marcos Alejandro (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 05:59 am Report abuse
Free Palestine today return Malvinas to Argentina tomorrow, moving in the right direction.
8 Forgetit86 (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 11:03 am Report abuse
No countries have more of a history of terror on innocents than the UK, the US and Israel. Israel has destroyed way more families than Hamas's capabilities allow it to, and the destruction inflicted on children by the US and the UK armies far surpasses what al-Qaeda could ever aspire. The UK, additionally, has a prolonged history of ethnic cleansing of native peoples, or otherwise disrespecting their rights, to implant settler and colonist populations in territory that doesn't belong to it. Hence the empathy with Israel. Is it any wonder the three State Terror amigoes supported one another by either abstaining or voting against Palestine?

Btw, a story we won't read on Mercopress:
9 LightThink (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 11:06 am Report abuse
None of you all know the comparison history.........

Palestine & Falkland Islands are not the same things....

so no need to be out of Britain's demeanor in UN.
10 Forgetit87 (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 11:10 am Report abuse
@Pirate Love

Who provides Hamas with its rockets is Iran via Syria. However, Hamas broke with Syria not long ago, thereby also weakening its ties with Iran. As for the Fatah movement, which rules part of the West Bank, it has never been very close to either of those two countries, and this has been the case since at least the days of the Lebanese civil war. Your belief that Iran or Syria rules Palestine does nothing but prove that you know nothing about the subject you're discussing. Try and pass more of your time studying this subject before trying to stupidly run your mouth about it again, you Britard.
11 Pirate Love (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 12:28 pm Report abuse
@10 yes thats right Iran supplies the rockets, but egypt is the main route in for rockets using tunnels dont you study anything?
your insults are wasted on me, but if you think it somehow validates your comment by trying to belittle another, then knock yourself out, but your still wrong and palestine is run by terrorists who is still sponsored by Iran.

Hamas(Iran) targeting israeli civilians with 15000 rockets in 10 years, previously described as terrorism by United Nations, European Union, and are defined as war crimes by human rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. :)))

@8 Pro-muslim Rhetoric, the norm.

SELF-DETERMINATION, cannot be beat !
12 Forgetit87 (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 01:04 pm Report abuse
- “ but egypt is the main route in for rockets using tunnels dont you study anything?”

What of it? Egypt has little oversight about the routes, plus it can't completely shut them down because they are also where much humanitarian aid comes from.

- ”Hamas(Iran)“

As said before, you should cure your historical illiteracy before commenting on such delicate subject, Britard.

- ”with 15000 rockets in 10 years”

Fabricating the numbers, are we?
* Gaza Rockets fired at Israel in 7 years since 2005 (according to Israel itself): 9,000
* Israel shells fired at Gaza from 2005-2006 ALONE (according to the UN OCHA): 15,000.

- “United Nations, European Union”
Neither the UN nor the EU define Hamas as a terrorist group. I'm dumbstruck by both your ignorance of this subject and your mendacity. Britard, a pure Britard - no doubt about it!

“are defined as war crimes by human rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.”

So is Israel, idiot. Amnesty International and HRW have both found hat Israel engaged in state terror (that is, in puposeful targeting of civilian populations for political purposes) in Operation Cast Lead and in the 2006 Lebanon War, to say nothing of older events such as the 1996 Qana massacre.
13 Pirate Love (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 01:38 pm Report abuse

“what of it?” your were saying syria is the route and Iran ties are weakening, now you are agreeing its egypt is the route and its justified because it comes with aid, Wtf? make your mind up.

”Hamas(Iran)“ Iranian state sponsored along with hezbollah, Iran supply the means to terrorise.

15000 projectile attacks by hamas since 2001, Israel has shown it fires in response to attacks, if you dont like israels self defence dont force it.

”you should cure your historical illiteracy”, you know your own faults best :))

still your insults reflect your misinformation and desperation,
“Idiot” “Britard” really? surely thats not the best you can do is it?? :(((
14 LightThink (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 03:12 pm Report abuse
You are winded in no time ..

You can not drive this discussion even though under your multi comments names....becouse you are not aware of this matter.
15 Conqueror (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 06:42 pm Report abuse
@3 Who, or what, are “palestinians”? Tell us how you are on the recognition and self-determination of the “recifians”. How about the “salvadorans”? There has never been a country or state called “palestine”. It's a region. You should look up its boundaries
before you continue to make a fool of yourself.
@6 “Palestinian” glory.
@7 Destroy “palestine” and argieland. Innumerable problems solved!
@8 Really? How many indigenous people did you murder? Latino “countries” in South America. The worst terrorists and murderers the world has ever seen. Millions killed and/or dispossessed. Raped and enslaved. Portugal and Spain have a prolonged history of ethnic cleansing of native peoples, or otherwise disrespecting their rights, to implant settler and colonist populations in territory that doesn't belong to them. Crucifixion, garotting, burning, beheading, they did it all. As well as just shooting.
@10 Yeah, right. And you are right in there moving the weapons along aren't you?
@12 Not enough Israeli response. Gentle Israel. 9,000 Hamas rockets should have seen 50,000 Israeli missiles. I'm sure that I've mentioned before that when you come across a mad dog, you shoot it. And what's the difference between a “palestino” and a “latino”?
@14 Have you ever tried investing in the replacement of your “brain”? Oh, what would you know about a “brain”? Shall I explain? Assuming that you are a biped, you probably have a skull a small distance above your “shoulders”. Do you have “shoulders” or are you just a typical piece of argie slime? You can replace “argie” with some other waste of space if you wish. Most LatAm “countries” are slime. I won't list the slime “countries”. You know who you are. Here's a clue. Chile isn't a slime “country”. Ecuador is.
16 ChrisR (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 07:53 pm Report abuse
It's so simple isn't it?

Poor Palestine (whatever that is) always bashed by Israel and all Hamas did was fire a few hundred rockets into their territory since the last ‘ceasefire’ and kill a few Jews.

The reality is far, far simpler and for all you Palestine sympathisers I can explain it very simply for you are simpletons: if Palestinians, aka as Hamas, aka Arab jihadists, funded by Iran, lay down their weapons there would be peace. End of problem.

If the Israelis lay down their weapons there would be a massacre: of the Israelis.

For that is the old, old problem. The Muslims do NOT want peace, they want ALL Jews killed and the Palestinians are the pawns in the game. But they brought it on themselves, THEY voted HAMAS into power and they must live with the consequences of their collective madness.

It is just a pity that that involves the Israelis.
17 aussie sunshine (#) Dec 01st, 2012 - 11:34 pm Report abuse
the Uk voted like their master the USA wanted.....

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