Palestine Gets Latin America Support At U.N.

Mexico President addressing the UN General Assembly on Sept. 21, 2011. (Hayden Roger Celestin image)
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Mexico President addressing the UN General Assembly on Sept. 21, 2011. (Hayden Roger Celestin image)
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. Sept. 22, 2011: Latin American leaders addressing the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday all pledged support for a full Palestinian state as President leader Mahmoud Abbas seeks full U.N. membership.

President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández, said Argentina officially recognizes the State of Palestine and believes its recognition as a United Nations Member State would prove beneficial to Israel.

Fernandez argued that excluding Palestine would create greater global instability.

“Allowing Palestine to take its seat as Member State number 194 would result in a world that was not only more secure but also more just,” she told the body.
Mexico’s President, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, also called for the establishment of a Palestinian State as did Honduras’ President Porfirio Lobo Sosa.

“Honduras has recognized Palestine as a State and look forward to a negotiated settlement of the Middle East conflict on the basis of the two-State solution, corresponding to the needs of the two peoples involved,” he said.

Recalling that Paraguay had established diplomatic relations with Palestine in March 2005, President Fernando Lugo Méndez said it recognized a free, independent State within the pre-1967 borders while Guatemala’s President, Álvaro Colom Caballeros, insisted his country supports “the creation of a viable and prosperous Palestinian State, living in peace and harmony, behind secure and defensible borders, next to the State of Israel.”

Guyana’s President, Bharrat Jagdeo, the lone Caribbean leader to speak Wednesday, also added his support for Palestinian statehood, telling the body his country also supports the right of the Palestinian people to full statehood.

Their comments came after U.S. President Barack Obama switched his tune from a year ago and yesterday instead said “peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N.”