Colombia won't commit to Palestinian state vote

AP News
Posted: Oct 11, 2011 6:29 PM
Colombia won't commit to Palestinian state vote

President Juan Manuel Santos has reiterated during a visit by the Palestinian leader that Colombia will only recognize a Palestinian state that has been established through negotiations with Israel.

Colombia's has a vote on the U.N. Security Council, which is considering the Palestinian bid for statehood. Santos hasn't said whether Colombia will abstain or vote "no." The U.S. has threatened to veto the statehood appeal.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a joint appearance with Santos on Tuesday that there is no contradiction between negotiations and the Security Council bid.

Santos says he has spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others about the issue.