Spain to recognize Palestine if EU reaches no consensus
Josep Borrell, during a press release.SANTANDER, 01/08/08 EFE/EPA/File Alberto Aja
Madrid, Sep 18 (EFE-EPA).-The Spanish government looks to recognize Palestine as a state if it fails to convince the European Union to abandon the two party state policy in favor of full recognition.
According to the Palestine Liberation Organization, Palestine is recognized by 138 countries. Within the EU there is an active debate about whether to recognize it as an independent state but it has been impeded by a political stalemate with regards this issue.
The EU officially still supports a two party state system for the area of conflict, but the Spanish minister for foreign affairs and his government believe the bloc needs to "readdress this issue and take decisions" as a matter of urgency.
"It is obvious the situation in Palestine must not continue as it is," Josep Borrell said. "If the EU is not able to reach a unanimous decision, then each to their own."