Chile has decided to officially recognize Palestine as an independent state, following in the footsteps of several other Latin American countries. After day of conflicting reports, Chile says it acknowledges "free, independent, Palestinian statehood, coexisting in peace with Israel.
"Israelis and Palestinians will eventually define all the core issues like borders," he said. 'For the Jewish people, Jerusalem and borders of the state of Israel can not be provided to third parties."
Over 130 countries have officially recognized Palestine as a state based on the 1967 borders, the boundaries that existed before Israel occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip.
In December 2010, Brazil, Argentina, and Bolivia recognized Palestine as an independent state.
The United States and Israel have criticized the move and have so far refused to recognize an independent Palestinian state.
Last month, Uruguay announced that it would recognize Palestine in March 2011.
On December 31, Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas said that the recognition of the Palestinian state by several Latin American nations would force the US and Israel to return to negotiations.
The latest round of talks collapsed in late September after Tel Aviv refused to extend a partial freeze on its illegal settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territories.