The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has today issued a press release that may have caused consternation in some circles by its explicit recognition of Palestinian statehood:
Palestine had deposited its ‘instrument of accession’ to the Chemical Weapons Convention in late May, in a move that the Times of Israel called an expansion of its ‘bid for recognition’.
Almost 140 nations recognise Palestinian statehood. The UK, US and Israel do not – and Barack Obama told the UN that the US would veto any UN-wide attempt to do so. The current US president is unlikely to approve the OPCW’s use of language, given his recent decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
The map below shows the countries that had confirmed recognition as of November last year:
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