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Germany Welcomes Pnc’s Declaration, but Stops Short of Recognition

East Germany gave a warm welcome to the proclamation of an independent Palestinian state, but stopped short of recognition.

The German Democratic Republic’s official position was contained in a statement by its foreign minister, Wolfgang Meyer, and published by the East German Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.

East Germany, a Soviet bloc state, has no diplomatic relations with Israel.

According to Meyer, the decision by the Palestine National Council at its meeting in Algiers Tuesday “demonstrated the firm determination of the Palestinian people to struggle for the implementation of its legitimate rights.”