Spain: parliament to debate recognition of Palestine

Non-binding resolution presented by Socialists

18 November, 12:42


    (ANSAmed) - MADRID - The Spanish parliament on Tuesday will debate a non-binding resolution to recognize the Palestinian state. The resolution was presented by the Socialist opposition party (PSOE) and an amendment discussed with all political parties was added by the ruling Partido Popular (PP). The resolution would urge the government to ''support the recognition of Palestine as a state subject to international law, reaffirming the conviction that the only possible solution for the conflict is the coexistence of two states, Israel and Palestine''. This recognition ''must be the consequence of a negotiation process between the parties involved that ensures peace and security for both, respect for citizens' rights and regional stability.'' The amendment proposed by the PP aims to achieve an agreement on the recognition of Palestine that is not necessarily, as had been the case thus far, a result of a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. It would instead be a means to put pressure on the parties involved to resume talks. Foreign Minister José Manuel Margallo has said that ''time is running out'' to find a solution to the conflict. In speaking to the media on his arrival at an EU foreign ministers council meeting on Monday, Margallo said that Spain would have to agree on a shared position within the EU and not make decisions alone. ''We have the feeling that either we do something quickly'', or the two-state solution will become ''physically impossible''. (ANSAmed).

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