30 November, 2012 (Romereports.com)
The Holy See welcomed favorably
the United Nations' vote to upgrade
from permanent observer entity to a non-member
observer state. The lopsided vote in the world governing body's General
Assembly grants Palestine the same recognition as Vatican City.
The Vatican released a statement also voicing its support for a two state solution, and called on Palestinian and Israeli leaders to resume bilateral negotiations
to achieve peace and the creation of an independent Palestinian state.
In addition, the statement backed the Vatican's request for a special statute
guaranteeing freedom of religion and access for Jerusalem,
which both Israel and Palestine claim as capitals of their respective countries.