Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Sienna Miller on motherhood, her new movies and Cannes glamour

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

After the Fall of Ramadi, Palmyra: Did the West Underestimate the Jihadists?

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Migrants and Immigrants: A Global Crisis

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Behind the scenes of French gastronomy

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Protests continue in Burundi as calls mount for election delay

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Burundi: Nkurunziza delays parliamentary polls as clashes continue

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

At least two killed in fresh protests in Bujumbura

Read more

ENCORE!

Depardieu and Huppert reunite in Cannes

Read more

FASHION

Fashion houses present their cruise collections

Read more

Europe

Iceland recognises Palestinian state

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-12-15

Iceland on Thursday became one of the first Western European nations to recognise the Palestinian state, marked in a formal ceremony in Reykyjavik. This comes two days after UNESCO in Paris raised the Palestinian flag for the fist time.

AFP - Iceland formally recognised the Palestinian state at a ceremony in Reykjavik on Thursday, becoming one of the first Western European countries to do so.

"This is the day I formally submit to you the declaration of Palestine independence in accordance with the will of the Icelandic parliament," Icelandic Foreign Minister Oessur Skarphedinsson said, addressing his Palestinian counterpart Riad Malki at a news conference.

The two were also scheduled to announce the establishment of diplomatic relations, according to a statement from the Icelandic foreign ministry.

The ceremony at the Reykjavik Culture House follows a vote in the Icelandic parliament, or Allthingi, on November 29 in favour of recognising the Palestinian state on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war.

It also comes two days after the Palestinian flag was raised for the first time above a United Nations agency, flying over the UNESCO headquarters in Paris as Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas attended a ceremony marking his people's historic admission to the education, science and culture body.

Admission to UNESCO has however had no impact on the Palestinians' bid for full UN membership. They would need nine votes out of 15 in the Security Council, but the United States has made clear that it would veto the bid.

More than 100 countries around the world have recognised the Palestinian state.

Within the European Union, of which Iceland is not a member, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Malta have officially recognised Palestine.

Date created : 2011-12-15

  • PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

    Palestinians mull next step after UN deadlock over membership

    Read more

  • PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

    Israeli navy intercepts Gaza-bound aid flotilla

    Read more

  • DIPLOMACY

    Israel to freeze UNESCO funding over Palestinian membership

    Read more

COMMENT(S)