The Palestinian Authority announced Sunday that Chile and Uruguay intend to declare recognition of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.
According to Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, Chile is expected to make the announcement in the upcoming weeks, and Chilean President Sebastián Piñera is expected to visit the Palestinian territories in the next three months.
PA officials reported that Paraguay is preparing to the step in the coming weeks as well, and that a Palestinian embassy is expected to open in Ecuador.
Many South American states have announced recently their willingness to recognize a Palestinian state and others, like Mexico and Paraguay, said they are considering the matter.
On Friday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas led a ceremony in which the cornerstone of a Palestinian embassy was laid in Brazil.
Later the Palestinian leader said that the current peace process has turned into a means for managing the conflict rather than resolving it.
In a televised speech, Abbas said Palestinians "demand" that the Quartet comprising Washington, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations "draft a peace plan" based on UN Security Council resolutions that call for establishing a Palestinian state on land Israel captured in a 1967 war.
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