Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Italian parliament urges recognition of Palestinian state

Palestinians wave their national flag during a demonstration
againstthe Israeli siege and calling for the release of
Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, east of Gaza City
on Sept. 16 2009 (MaanImages/Wissam Nassar)
Ma'an New Agency | Feb 27, 2015 |

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Italian parliament on Friday voted to recognize the state of Palestine, Fatah leader Nabil Shaath told Ma'an.

Three hundred members of Italy's parliament voted for the resolution while only 45 voted against it, Shaath said.

The non-binding resolution calls for the recognition of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

It was proposed by Italy's Democratic party led by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

The motion follows moves in other European countries intended to increase pressure for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Shaath told Ma'an that Palestine would seek recognition from the parliaments of Denmark and Greece next.

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