Guyana has joined a Latin American campaign of recognizing Palestine as an independent state, showing its commitment to Palestinians, says the country’s Foreign Ministry.
"It is Guyana’s hope that the increasing 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," the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
The decision "is in keeping with Guyana’s long-standing and unwavering solidarity with, and commitment to, the just and legitimate aspirations of the people of Palestine for the exercise of their right to self-determination and to achieve a homeland of their own, independent, free, prosperous and at peace," the statement said.
Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay and Ecuador recognized Palestinian statehood within the borders that existed before the Israeli regime occupied the West Bank, including East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 war.
Paraguay and Peru are expected to join Chile on that list in the coming weeks.
Last week, Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said that his side has been trying to gain recognition for a Palestinian state by more countries when the case is discussed at the United Nations in September.
The PA said it would initially seek statehood recognition at the UN Security Council, but should it fail, it will turn to the General Assembly, where decisions are not binding but there is no veto.
The Palestinians appear to have a majority in the General Assembly, but they are unlikely to get the go-ahead in the Security Council.
The US routinely vetoes any measures that do not suit the interests of the Israeli regime. The US House of Representatives last week passed a resolution "condemning unilateral measures to declare or recognize a Palestinian state."