Norway parliament says be ready for Palestinian state 'recognition'

AFP , Thursday 16 Nov 2023

Norway's parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution calling on the government to be ready to recognise an "independent" Palestinian state, in a new sign of Europe's anxiety over Israel's war on the Gaza Strip.

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File photo: A photo taken in December 2014 shows Norway s parliament building in Oslo. AFP


The proposition was made by Norway's ruling coalition to counter a resolution by smaller parties calling for an immediate recognition of a Palestinian state.

Passed with an overwhelming majority in parliament, it said the assembly "asks the government to be ready to recognise Palestine as an independent state when recognition could have a positive impact on the peace process, without making a final peace accord a condition."

The wording means that no recognition is likely in the immediate future but is a sign of the concern over the Gaza war in national assemblies across Europe.

Iceland, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic and Romania are among countries to have already given legal recognition to a Palestinian state.

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, voted back into power on Thursday, told parliament that he would "work" towards recognition by his country and by Europe.

Since Israel's war began a little over a month ago, there have been huge rallies in Britain and other countries in favour of the Palestinian cause.

The parliament decision comes as Israel's air and ground invasion of the Palestinian territory, has killed more than 11,500 people, many of them women and children, according to the Gaza health ministry.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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