Sweden is to become the first major European country to recognize the pretend state of Palestine. The United States and the EU are likely to strongly criticize the decision, since they maintain that an independent Palestinian state should only emerge through a negotiated process.
Haaretz Sweden’s new center-left government will recognize the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the step, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on Friday. The UN General Assembly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine in 2012 but the European Union and most EU countries, have yet to give official recognition.
“The conflict between Israel can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law,” Swedish PM Stefan Lofven said during his inaugural address in parliament. “A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine.”
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. The Social Democrats and Greens hold a minority of seats in parliament and the incoming center-left government is likely to be one of Sweden’s weakest for decades.
The former center-right government would not recognize Palestine as the Palestinian authorities did not control their territory.