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African Union declares support for Palestine
Published Monday 31/01/2011 (updated) 01/02/2011 15:27
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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Ma'an) -- The African Union on Monday called on all countries to recognize a Palestinian state on 1967 borders, at its 16th annual summit in Addis Ababa.

A delegation representing the Palestinian Liberation Organization attended the two-day summit, including Executive Committee member Tayseer Khalid, presidential aide Nimir Hammad, the Palestinian ambassador to Ethiopia Zuheir Al-Shin and the PLO envoy to the African Union.

AU Commission chief Jean Ping welcomed the delegation and said African countries supported national rights for Palestinians.

The AU Executive Council proposed a draft resolution affirming Palestinians' right to self-determination, the right of Palestinian refugees to return, and calling for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

President Mahmoud Abbas has pursued international recognitions of Palestine, particularly since the collapse of negotiations with Israel in late September.

A wave of Latin American have recognized Palestine, but many African countries already issued their recognition when the PLO declared independence in 1988.

A notable exception was South Africa, which during apartheid was an ally of Israel.
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1 ) Tobias / US
31/01/2011 18:45

According to The Guardian, Condoleezza Rice suggested Argentina and Chile should take in 'Palestinian refugees' instead of Israel.

This is also true for all the states that are rushing to recognize Palestine on 1967 borders, and particularly those Arabs statesthat invaded Israel,
in the wars that created the refugees.

In fact, why not absorb both the refugees, and the Palestinians that should be neither worshipping on top of Hebrew holy sites, nor living around Hebrew heritage site ??

2 ) asad / USA
01/02/2011 01:05
Don't you all just love praying on top of your Hebrew Heritage site?

3 ) Travis / USA
01/02/2011 02:58
More good news!

4 ) Tissa / Sri Lanka
01/02/2011 09:03
It is an insult to Palestinians to tell them to go and settle down in other countries when they have a country of their own. USA is trying to give Palestine to Israel on a platter.PA should get their ambassadors to meet the heads of SAARC and NAM to recognise the Free State en block

5 ) Nour / Palestine
01/02/2011 09:22
Tobias, I suggest you mind your own American business, and butt out of Palestine's affairs. The Palestinian refugees are going back to Palestine - END OF STORY.

6 ) Kass liben / ethiopia
03/02/2011 07:11
It is a shame. I knew this will happen, because a lot of leaders of african countries are ignorant of matters concerning Israel and the Arabs. They automatically support someone claiming to be occupied and persecuted. Not all africans are ignorant though. Israel deserves Jerusalem and every part of west bank and the gaza strip.

7 ) ALEMAYEHU / NORWAY
03/02/2011 13:07
I SUPPORT ONE NATION ISRAEL INCLUDING PALESTINE. I DONOT WANT TO KNOW AS A NATION PALESTINE. PALESTINE MUST LIVE WITH ISRAEL WITHOUT PRECONDITION. BECUSE THEY ARE THE SON OF ABRAHAM. AFRICAN LEADER THEY ARE NOT CLEAN THIRE HOUSE HOW CAN THEY DICIDE ABOUT PALESTINE. IF PALESTINE NEED TO LEAVE ISRAEL WE ETHIOPIAN NEED TO COME TO ETHIOPIA. LONG LIVE ETHIOPIA.

8 ) Kassiye / Ethiopia
12/07/2011 05:48
Kasse and Alemayehu,

You believe that since "AFRICAN LEADERS ARE NOT Cleaning Their HOUSE", the Palestinians must live under Brutal Zionist occupation. Would you have accepted Italian occupation of Ethiopia/ Like the traitors (Banda)? Your pro-Zion position does not represent, the beautifull, and magnanimous people of Ethiopia. Africa ows much to Ethiopian leadership in its fight from independest of Colonial powers (like Apartheid Israel). Israel was best friend of Apartheid South Africa.

9 ) Kass Lieben / Ethiopia
08/12/2013 02:51
You obviously try to compare south Africa with Israel. That is a shame also and most likely an arab propaganda! Yes Israel traded with Aparteid regime. Yet never participated politically or in any other way against the ANC, as Nelson Mandela himself stated when he visited Israel and when he was answeing to people like yourself. Israel fought a war of self defence and became victorious when mani countries invaded it wanting to drive the jews to the sea. That is not ocupation!!
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