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Government to officially recognize Palestine "shortly"

Published måndag 27 oktober 2014 kl 13.07
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

The Social Democratic-led government informed the Parliamentary committee on foreign affairs today that they intend to make the formal decision to recognize the state of Palestine "shortly", reports news agency TT.

Löfven told TT after the meeting that he wants to decrease the inequality between the two negotiating parties in order to lead to a two-state solution.

"Time is running out," he said, adding that the strategy so far has not been successful and that it's time to try something else.

The opposition criticized the statement, and believes it goes against the practice in Sweden of recognizing states.

On the day Stefan Löfven took office as Prime Minister, he promised to recognize Palestine.

Karin Enström, the conservative Moderates representative in the committee and the former defense minister, said that while her party also support a two-state solution, she disagrees with how the government has gone about this: "going out to the rest of the world without informing the political parties before one has gathered together the committee – it's a crime against the constitutional rules we have."

Jan Björklund, leader of the Liberal Party, says that it is too hasty, and that Sweden has been understood to have a balanced position between Israel and Palestine for a very long time, and now the country will be seen as taking a side for the one party.

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