Greek Parliament Votes to Recognize Palestinian State Gr

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, shakes hands with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas before their meeting in Athens on Monday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, shakes hands with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas before their meeting in Athens on Monday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Greece’s parliament unanimously approved on Tuesday a nonbinding resolution calling on the country’s government to formally recognize Palestinian statehood, during an official three-day visit of the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, to Athens.

House Speaker Nikos Voutsis read out a resolution calling for the recognition and handed a copy of it to Mr. Abbas.

The resolution is rather symbolic in nature and doesn’t pave the way for an official recognition of the Palestinian state.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras declined to say when Greece could adopt the parliamentary resolution. He said that Greece will take the necessary steps to recognize Palestine “when the time is right.”

Mr. Abbas said that his national authority will start issuing passports under the name State of Palestine in 2016. At the moment all documents are issued under the name ‘The Palestinian Authority.’

“We have already changed all documents issued by ministries and public services and they now bear the name ‘State of Palestine,’” Mr. Abbas said during a news conference with Mr. Tsipras on Monday.

“We no longer accept from anybody to use the name ‘The Palestinian Authority.’”

Mr. Tsipras said that the term ‘Palestine’ will henceforth be used in all Greek public documents.

WSJ

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6 responses to “Greek Parliament Votes to Recognize Palestinian State Gr”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Abbas is making the rounds of Christmas Events in embassies … New Years brings more. Booze, table-treats, and little gifts appear for visitors. It’s all like a fairyland.

    1. It’s nice to see that an 80-year old never lost his holiday spirit and his belief in Santa. I had my faith severely undermined at around twelve.

    2. Hind Abyad Avatar

      Video: Days before Christmas, Bethlehem erects ‘resistance tree’ outside Nativity Church –
      http://mondoweiss.net/2015/12/christmas-bethlehem-resistance?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_

  2. Do the Greeks have the money for serving the visitors?

    1. They still have some ouzo in the cellars from before the war. First World War, that is.

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