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Palestinians get embassy status in Sweden

Palestinians get embassy status in Sweden

Published: 07 Mar 2013 07:18 GMT+01:00
Updated: 07 Mar 2013 07:18 GMT+01:00

The Swedish Riksdag voted by an overwhelming majority to ratify a June 28th agreement between Stockholm and Ramallah on upgrading the Palestinian Authority's mission here.

The agreement gives the Palestinian Authority's representation in Sweden "the same immunities, exemptions, and privileges as embassies and their representatives."

But lawmakers rejected an amendment calling for the recognition of a

Palestinian state, with 179 votes against and 140 votes in favour of the

proposal.

In November, Sweden backed a resolution recognizing the Palestinians as a non-member observer state at the UN, but members of the ruling centre-right coalition disagree on the issue of recognizing Palestinian statehood.

Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Cyprus are the other European countries to have given Palestinian representation the status of an embassy.

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08:14 March 7, 2013 by Rey Stockholm
This will result in money being sucked from Sweden by a corrupt few in the new embassy rather than extra money going to the palestinian people.

Embassy status will result in a huge waste of money, bigger cars, first class flights etc etc

No accident that privilege is mentioned twice as the reason
11:43 March 7, 2013 by fmb
there is an embassy in Serbia, too. EU is not the same thing as Europe, but who am I to teach you that? You should have learned it in school
13:06 March 7, 2013 by TG22
"the same immunities," - I see, that really doesn't smell good...
13:14 March 7, 2013 by prince T
So serbia has become europe, eastern europe. I thought mainland western europe is what we call europe. Serbia happens to be in d continent. They did not teach me that in school. In school wen dey say europe, it is not eurpe we are talking abt. Is russia europe too
23:49 March 7, 2013 by rouzi
Nice! at least Palestinians finally find an identity in Sweden.
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