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Denmark's parliament on Tuesday voted down a bill to recognize a Palestinian state, reports Reuters. The Danish bill was first proposed in late February by four left-wing parties.

"We cannot recognize an independent Palestinian state, for the sole reason that the preconditions are not really there," Foreign Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said when the bill was first debated in parliament in April.

"We cannot support this resolution, but we wish that there will come a day where we can," added Rasmussen, who was not present at the vote on Tuesday.

Ireland, Spain, and Norway on Tuesday formally recognized a Palestinian state, after their announcement last week that they would do so angered Israel which called the move a "reward for terrorism" and recalled its ambassadors. Denmark has said that Israel has a right to defend itself, but has more recently urged the country to show restraint and maintained it must respect international law.

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