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Russia, Denmark, Switzerland, Spain Join List of Countries Supporting Palestinian UN Bid

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Denmark, Switzerland, Russia and Spain have joined a growing number of countries who have announced their support of Palestine's bid for non-member observer state status at the UN.

Villy Søvndal, Denmark's foreign minister, confirmed his country would vote in favor of the new status and added in a release about the Palestinian resolution text:

It is a moderate text that clearly underlines the need for peace negotiations and a two-state solution that will ensure the security of the Palestinians a secure and viable state side-by-side with Israel.

The Swiss Foreign Ministry said in a statement about the resolution:

The decision to support the resolution is in accordance with Switzerland's policy to seek a negotiated, just, and durable peace between Israel and an independent and viable Palestinian state within secure and internationally recognised borders.

Spain's foreign minister, José Manuel García-Margallo, announced his country's support and added that the EU

calls on Isaeli authorities to not succumb to the temptation of trying to financially suffocate the Palestinian Authority and to immediately stop the politics of settlements that constitute a serious obstacle to peace.

On Tuesday, France announced that it would support Palestine's bid for a new UN status.

Reuters notes that

With overwhelming support from the developing world, the Palestinians appear certain to earn approval in the 193-member U.N. General Assembly for a status upgrade to "observer state" on Thursday.

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