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Bolivia recognizes Palestinian state

Dec. 17, 2010 5:24 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 20, 2010 2:08 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Bolivia announced Friday its recognition of a fully sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Israel.

President Evo Morales made the announcement in Brazil at a conference with regional leaders, Bolivia's Foreign Affairs Ministry said.

“Bolivia recognizes the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, like Brazil and Argentina,” Morales was quoted as saying.

In Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Foreign Affairs said its efforts were ongoing to secure recognitions of statehood from countries throughout Latin America.

President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the move.

He thanked Bolivia for its support and praised bilateral relations. The Bolivian president phoned Abbas three days in advance of the announcement, officials said.

Norway announced Wednesday that it upgraded the Palestinian representative's office in Oslo to a diplomatic mission to support Palestinian efforts toward building a state.

The announcement came while Ramallah's premier Salam Fayyad was in Oslo, where officials announced the coming international donors conference would take place in the city in April 2011.
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