Greek Parliament calls on government to recognize a Palestinian State

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — The Greek Parliament passed a motion endorsing a Palestinian state and calling on the Greek Government to officially recognize Palestine.

The motion passed on Tuesday called on the Greek Government to “promote all the necessary procedures to recognize a State of Palestine and to make every effort for the immediate recommencement of direct and credible peace talks between the two sides.”

The motion, which was passed in the presence of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, is a nonbinding resolution similar to those passed in recent months by the National Assembly in France, the House of Commons in Britain and the European Parliament.

Abbas addressed the Greek Parliament following Tuesday’s vote. On Monday following a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Abbas said that the passports issued by the Palestinian Authority would soon read State of Palestine, instead of Palestinian Authority.

Tsipras declined to say if or when the Greek government would implement the resolution recognizing a Palestinian State.

However, unnamed Greek government officials were quoted as saying that the government has no intention of recognizing the Palestinian Authority as a state in order “not to disturb good relations with Israel.”

Tsipras visited Israel last month, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Relations between Israel and Greece have flourished in recent years.


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