Brazil–Palestine relations

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Brazil–Palestine relations
Map indicating locations of Brazil and State of Palestine

Brazil

Palestine

Brazil–Palestine relations refers to the current and historical bilateral relationship between Brazil and Palestine. Brazil officially recognized the Palestinian state on December 5, 2010. However, Brazil has not established full diplomatic ties with the Palestinians. As of July 2014, Brazil has not upgraded its Representative Office in Ramallah to a diplomatic mission,[1][2] keeping its diplomatic ties with Palestine to the pre-recognition stance.

Palestinian statehood[edit]

Brazil has firmly stressed its support for a Palestinian state within the borders of 1967, having Jerusalem as its capital.[3] The Brazilian Government has also advocated the end of the blockade of the Gaza Strip.[3] On 5 December 2010, it formally recognized the State of Palestine in the 1967 borders, including all of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.[4] The move initiated a chain reaction through the region. Given Brazil’s economic prominence, its South American neighbors likely saw low political risks in following Brasília’s lead.[5] In her address to the General Assembly, President Dilma Rousseff reiterated her country's firm support: "We believe the time has come for us to have Palestine fully represented as a full member in this forum."[6] Brazil voted in favor of Palestine's admission as a full member of UNESCO and has announced it will support Palestine's full membership application when it comes to a vote at the Security Council.[7][8] However, Brazil has not established full diplomatic ties with the Palestinians. As of July 2014, Brazil has not upgraded its Representative Office in Ramallah to a diplomatic mission,[9][10] keeping its diplomatic ties with Palestine to the pre-recognition stance. Such offices assume some of the non-diplomatic functions of diplomatic posts, such as promoting trade interests. They are nevertheless not diplomatic missions, their personnel are not diplomats and do not have diplomatic visas.

See also[edit]

List of states with limited recognition

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Ministry of External Relations. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
  2. ^ [2] Câmara de Comércio Árabe-Brasileira. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
  3. ^ a b Brazil and the Middle East The Cairo Review of Global Affairs. Retrieved on 2011-11-01.
  4. ^ Brazil recognises Palestine Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2011-11-01.
  5. ^ Latin America and Palestine: Watershed or Worthless? Americas Quarterly. Retrieved on 2011-11-01.
  6. ^ O'Reilly, Andrew; Planas, Roque (21 September 2011). "First Woman To Open UNGA Debate". Latin America News Dispatch. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  7. ^ Diplomat: Palestinians pushing for Security Council vote on UN membership bid Nov. 11 The Washington Post. Retrieved on 2011-11-01.
  8. ^ Brazil Hails Palestine's UNESCO Entry Xinhua. Retrieved on 2011-11-01.
  9. ^ [3] Ministry of External Relations. Retrieved 2011-07-20.
  10. ^ [4] Câmara de Comércio Árabe-Brasileira. Retrieved 2011-07-20.