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Press Releases, 5/8/2013

Finland and Denmark revise the status of their Palestinian missions

Press Release 105/2013

Finland and Denmark aim to negotiate an agreement with the Palestinians by which the status of the Palestinian missions in Helsinki and Copenhagen would be upgraded to an equivalent level with embassies.

The objective is that, after the upgrade, the status of Palestinian missions would be alike in all Nordic countries, and the Palestinian representatives would have similar working conditions as accredited diplomats, representing recognised states.

However, upgrading the status of the mission does not signify recognition of the Palestinian state.

By taking this step, Finland and Denmark wish to support the Palestinian state-building efforts. At the same time, the Palestinians are encouraged to commit themselves to negotiations with Israel under President Abbas so that the two-state solution could be achieved.

Additional information: Head of Unit Helena Tuuri, Unit for The Middle East and North Africa, tel. +358 160 56538

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