RAMALLAH,December 14 (JMCC)- Guyana late on Thursday became the seventh country in South America to recognise the legitimacy of Palestinian statehood.
It is Guyana's hope that the increasing recognition of the state of Palestine will contribute to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the creation of lasting peace and stability in the region, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
Guyana's decision, the statement said, is in keeping with Guyana's long-standing and unwavering solidarity with, and commitment to, the just and legitimate aspirations of the people of Palestine for the exercise of their right to self-determination and to achieve a homeland of their own, independent, free, prosperous and at peace.
Guyana joins Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay and Ecuador in recognising Palestine as an independent state within the borders that existed before Israel captured the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 Middle East war.
Chile has also recently joined the list of South American nations that recognise a Palestinian state.
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