Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda the Hon. W. Baldwin Spencer on Wednesday announced that his government has formally recognized the State of Palestine as an independent sovereign State.
The announcement comes against the backdrop of a proposed move by Palestine
to submit a written application to Secretary General of the United Nations
Ban Ki Moon on Friday, which will then go to the Security Council to be
examined and voted on.
In a statement circulated to the members of the United Nations attending the
General Assembly, Antigua and Barbuda outlined that the country's
recognition of Palestine as an Independent sovereign State is in keeping
with its support for the aspirations of the Palestinian people and for the
idea of a two-State solution that would allo w the Palestinian people the
right to govern themselves, and reach their potential in a sovereign and
Antigua and Barbuda is of the view that recognition of the State of
Palestine will contribute to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict and the creation of lasting peace and stability in the region; we
are also of the view that recognition of the State of Palestine should not
detract from the fact that many core issues of this conflict remain
unresolved and must be negotiated, and that an outcome of those negotiations
must be a viable Palestine and a secure Israel, the statement reads.
The statement concludes that Antigua and Barbuda will continue to maintain
that the ultimate resolution of the long-standing conflict should result in
the existence of two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel,
Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine.
The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with
mutually agreed swaps, so that securer and recognized borders are
established for both sides, it stated.
In order for the Palestinian request for membership of the United Nations,
which will translate into it becoming an independent state, it would need
the backing of nine out of 15 council members, with no vetoes from the
permanent members. The United States has already indicated that it will
veto any move by Palestine to become a member of the United Nations.
To date, five (5) CARICOM Member States Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Saint
Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda have recognized