World Bulletin / News Desk
Sweden on Wednesday became the ninth European country to upgrade the status of a Palestinian representative office to that of an embassy.
Parliament voted by an overwhelming majority to ratify a June 28 agreement between Stockholm and Ramallah on upgrading the Palestinian Authority's mission here.
The agreement gives the Palestinian Authority's representation in Sweden "the same privileges, immunities, exemptions and privileges as embassies and their representatives."
But lawmakers rejected an amendment calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state, with 179 votes against and 140 votes in favor of the proposal.
In November, Sweden backed a resolution recognizing the Palestinians as a non-member observer state at the U.N., but members of the ruling center-right coalition disagree on the issue of recognizing Palestinian statehood.
Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Cyprus are the other European countries to have given Palestinian representation the status of an embassy.Last Mod: 07 Mart 2013, 17:59