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Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Thursday, November 29, 2012

Approval would not bring peace

Denmark has announced that it will vote in favour of boosting Palestine's status at the UN General Assembly today. But according to the liberal daily Jyllands-Posten, UN "observer state" status for Palestine wouldn't further the cause of a two-state solution. The newspaper calls on the government to abstain from voting: "Everything points to the result of the vote being precisely the opposite of enduring peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Negotiations will be postponed indefinitely and Israel will continue annexing more territory. ... This newspaper supports a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, with the corresponding guarantees for Israel's security. But the chances of a Middle East where a Jewish and Palestinian state coexist peacefully side by side only decrease with the farce that is due to take place today in the UN. Unfortunately with Denmark's support. The government would be better advised to abstain from voting."

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