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Jakarta Post

Palestine issue still low on ASEAN agenda

  • Lilian Budianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 8 2010   /  11:27 am

South American countries have announced they would formally recognize a Palestine state based on pre-1967 borders, adding to the 100 countries which already do so, although questions remain about how much leverage the recognition exerts.Argentina on Monday followed in the footsteps of fellow Mercosur member state Brazil in recognizing a Palestinian state, and Uruguay, also in Mercosur, pledged to follow suit next year. In Asia, many countries have recognized Palestine as a state, but at different levels of commitment.Dalindra Aman, a senior diplomat and now a member of the Club of Former Indonesian Ambassadors to the Middle East, said different political interests in Asia made it difficult for regional groupings here to reach a consensus on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.For ASEAN, the Middle East conflict hovers at the bottom of the group’s agenda, weighed down by other priorities s...