An organisation which supports an independent Palestinian state has encouraged the Icelandic government to be the first western nation to recognise Palestine as such.
In a press statement from The Association Iceland-Palestine, they refer to a parliamentary vote taken in 1989 which unanimously supported a free and independent Palestinian state, as well as the “right of return” for Palestinian refugees.
The group states that “there is little doubt that the Icelandic people support this measure as well as the Palestinian people’s struggle against militarism and for independence.”
That being the case, the group has called upon Foreign Minister Össur Skarphéðinsson to express Iceland’s recognition of Palestine as an independent state before meeting with the UN general assembly.
“There has still been no western country to officially recognise Palestine, although most countries in the world recognise it as an indepedent state. Iceland’s initiative in this matter would be in harmony with Icelandic law and the will of the people. Iceland would then be the first western nation to recognise Palestine, which could lead to other nations following suit.”