Sweden: New prime minister says will recognize ‘Palestine’

Sweden: New prime minister says will recognize ‘Palestine’

[Ed. – The last sentence below is what matters.  Sweden won’t be helping anyone with this move.]

During his inaugural address to Parliament on Friday, Sweden’s new Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced that his country would be the first Western European nation to recognize Palestine as a state.

“The conflict between Israel can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law,” Lofven said. …

Reuters has more:

For the Palestinians, Sweden’s move will be a welcome boost for its ambitions. …However, there is likely to be strong criticism of Sweden from Israel, as well as from the United States and the EU, which maintain that an independent Palestinian state should only emerge through a negotiated process.

Within the EU, some countries, such as Hungary, Poland and Slovakia recognize Palestine, but they did so before joining the 28-member bloc.

If the center-left government fulfills its plans, Sweden would be the first country to recognize Palestine while being a member of the European Union.

According to the parameters set by the Oslo Accord of 1993, a Palestinian state can only be officially formed through negotiations.

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