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Slovenia Begins Recognition of Palestine, Urges Swift Action

The Slovenian government has initiated the process to recognize Palestine as an independent state, emphasizing the urgency for peace in the Middle East

The Slovenian government has taken the first decisive step toward recognizing Palestine as an independent state. Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon announced on 9 May that the government will submit a motion to the National Assembly by 13 June, marking what she described as an “irreversible step.”

“We’ve taken an important stride towards recognizing an independent, sovereign state of Palestine,” Fajon stated after the cabinet meeting. She urged swift progress in completing the procedure, expressing Slovenia’s commitment to ending the violence in Gaza, securing a lasting ceasefire, releasing hostages, and ensuring peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.

Tanja Fajon, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovenia, Vlada Republike Slovenije and MFEA Slovenia

The recognition will be based on the 1967 borders, which envision Palestine encompassing the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. Fajon clarified that this decision does not equate to recognizing Hamas, instead emphasizing the importance of empowering a renewed Palestinian Authority to exercise control over Gaza.

Prime Minister Robert Golob reinforced the need for international pressure to halt the conflict in Gaza, deeming the situation there intolerable. He emphasized that Slovenia’s recognition is linked to progress on key issues, including the ceasefire and reform of the Palestinian Authority. Slovenia expects to complete the recognition process by 13 June, aiming to set a precedent for other like-minded nations to follow.

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