Iceland Supports Palestine’s Independence

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Iceland Supports Palestine’s Independence

Minister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphédinsson declared yesterday that Iceland will vote in support of Palestinian independence if a resolution to that effect will be submitted to the United Nations General Assembly. He believes the majority of member states are for independence.

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Foreign Minister Össur Skarphédinsson. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas has been lobbying for the submission before the UN of a resolution on Palestinian independence for some time. Skarphédinsson will attend the assembly, which convenes today, on Iceland’s behalf, ruv.is reports.

The minister said Iceland’s position is clear: Palestine belongs in the ranks of UN’s sovereign and independent member states and the borders of an independent Palestine should be the way they were before 1967.

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