Bolivia recognises Palestine as independent state

Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay have recognised Palestine as an independent state.

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2010, 11:31 AM IST

Itaipu: Bolivia recognised Palestine as an independent state, following the lead of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.

Bolivian President Evo Morales said yesterday his government would send a letter to Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, recognising Palestine as "an independent and sovereign state”.

Speaking at a news conference in Paraguay, Morales said Bolivia would officially notify international institutions of its decision next week.

He charged that "genocide" was being committed in the region and called on the international community to assume responsibility for preventing it.

Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay recognised Palestine as an independent state earlier this month, drawing a rebuke from Israel.

PTI