PRESS RELEASE N º 28/11
On March 15th, 2011 it was communicated to the Palestinian Authority the Uruguay government's decision to recognize the Palestinian state as sovereign and independent state, according to the principles of international law and UN Resolution 181 of the United Nations General Assembly, voted on November 29, 1947, and Resolution 3236 of the UN General Assembly of 22 November 1974 and Resolution 242 adopted by the Security Council on November 22, 1967.
The reasons for this decision are none other than Uruguay's strong commitment to the peace process in the Middle East and the desire shared by the vast majority of the international community that in the near future the people of Palestine and Israel can co-exist in peace within their respective states with secure borders and a new regional cooperation framework.
This decision is also the result of the gradual strengthening of Uruguay's ties with the people and the Palestinian Authority. In this regard, it is important to recall that on 17th April last year, Uruguay and the Palestinian Authority, through a joint statement, decided to formalize the existing friendly relations and establish their representative offices in the cities of Ramallah and Montevideo . In this regard, Uruguay has already appointed a diplomatic representative that ensures the interests of Uruguay to the Palestinian state.
These actions were carried out with the conviction that peace in the region requires a solution based on two states, as the actors capable of assuming international commitments to be achieved through dialogue and negotiation.
The recognition of a Palestinian state by Uruguay is consistent with this purpose and with our country's traditional commitment to peace and stability in the region, and the rejection and condemnation of any terrorist act designed to undermine the integrity and the people’s rights.
Is the greatest wish of the Government of Uruguay that the Palestinian state and Israel continue the process of bilateral negotiations, supported by the international community, to define the terms of the agreements and begin a new era of understanding and cooperation between the two states, ensuring the legitimate right of peoples to live in peace and enjoy economic, social and cultural benefit to all its citizens.
Montevideo, March 15, 2011.