Perú recognizes Palestine as an independent state

Perú has become the latest Latin American country to recognize an independent and sovereign Palestinian state.

Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde announced the decision Monday, but did not detail which borders Peru recognizes for the state.

He also said Peru maintains there should be an Israeli state with secure borders.

Brazil and several other Latin American nations have said they would recognize a Palestinian state based on borders established before the 1967 Middle East war, when Israel gained control of East Jerusalem and other Palestinian territory.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said last week his country continues to support the Palestinians’ “inalienable right” to establish an independent state.

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