Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the vote in the United Nations which designates Palestine as a ‘non-member observer state’.
Teachta Adams said:
“This is a major step forward in the efforts to secure a two state solution and is implicit recognition of the right of the Palestinian state.”
The Sinn Féin leader added:
“Thursday’s overwhelming majority in favour of designating Palestine with the non-observer state status, and the number of states that abstained, is a resounding message of solidarity and support for the right of the Palestinians to statehood.
“This decision, on the same day that the UN recognised the Israeli state 65 years earlier, cannot be ignored by Israel or by the international community.
“The conflict in the Middle East has lasted almost seven decades. It has made refugees of millions of Palestinian people many of whom have lived in appalling conditions for generations.
“The UN vote in itself will not bring peace but it does provide an opportunity to break the impasse, encourage real and inclusive negotiations and agree a lasting settlement.”