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Which countries have recognized a Palestinian state?

Countries around the world have unanimously recognized a Palestinian state as a unilateral decision. The Palestinian Authority has renewed its efforts to become a full member of the United Nations, with 137 out of 193 UN states recognizing the state. However, there are some exceptions in Western Europe, North America, Australia, Japan, and South Korea.

The declaration of an independent Palestinian state was made by Yasser Arafat in 1988 following the start of the first Intifada. Algeria was the first country to officially recognize an independent Palestinian state, which was followed by forty other countries including China, India, Turkey and most Arab nations. Africa, the Soviet bloc, Central America and Latin America also recognized the state.

The Palestinians have been making diplomatic efforts on the international stage for many years now. They gained observer state status at the United Nations in 2012 and became full members of UNESCO in 2011. This new status allowed them to join the International Criminal Court in 2015 despite objections from some countries including the United States and Israel. Some European countries have also recognized Palestine under certain conditions such as Spain, Ireland, Malta, Slovenia and France.

Countries like Spain and France have hinted at their willingness to recognize Palestine under certain circumstances but others such as Hungary and Poland have refused to recognize it altogether while others like Cyprus have only recognized it partially. The ongoing impasse in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has led to these diplomatic moves that reflect a growing frustration among many countries around the world for not finding a solution to this longstanding issue.

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