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  12/6/2010, Kislev 29, 5771

Israel Protests Argentine Recognition of PA State

Argentina announced on Monday that it was recognizing the Palestinian Authority (PA) as an independent country along the 1949 cease-fire lines. The move was welcomed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who praised Argentina's relations with the authority.

Spokesman Yigal Palmor of the Foreign Ministry called the announcement, "a disappointing and regrettable step which does not contribute a thing or half a thing to the peace process." He added, "It's a verbal gesture in contradiction of the Oslo Accords, under which a final-status solution can only be the result of negotiation."