Brasilia, Jan 01 (Agencies): Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has said a recent wave of nations recognising a Palestinian State based upon 1967 borders is pressuring Israel and the US to return to negotiations and reach a peace deal.

"These recognitions of a Palestinian State will help us to convince the Israelis on the necessity to reach a two-state solution," said Abbas.

The current round of peace negotiations collapsed in late September when Israel ended a slowdown on settlements in West Bank areas it captured in 1967.

The Palestinians refuse to negotiate while Israel builds homes for Jews in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.

Abbas said he expects other Latin American and European nations to soon join Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia in recognising a Palestinian State.

Uruguayan officials have said they will likely recognise the State soon. Cuba and Venezuela did so long ago.

Eventually, Abbas said, "It will only be Israel and maybe the United States who do not recognise the Palestinian State — and this will put pressure on them."

The Israeli Government has reacted testily to the recognitions, saying that inaugurating an embassy for a nonexistent State and Palestinians efforts for recognition of that State is not the best way to achieve peace.

"The Israeli Government has been trying to relaunch and re-engage Palestinians in direct talks for a very long time," Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Shachar Azani said. "Unfortunately, so far there has been no response."

Azani said that the Palestinians "must remember that at the end of the day peace is done with your neighbour and not in faraway continents or with the United Nations”.

Earlier this week, Palestinian officials said they plan to ask the UN Security Council to declare Israeli settlements illegal and demand a halt to their construction. That would be a key element in a Palestinian campaign to rally international support for independence.

Abbas said the settlements were the cause of the stalled talks.