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Sinn Féin to call on government to officially recognise Palestinian State

8 December, 2014 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin will use its Private Members time this week to table a motion calling on the government to officially recognise the state of Palestine.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, who has recently returned from a visit to the Middle East, said;

“Throughout the summer citizens from across Ireland, and across the globe, came onto the streets to demand an end to attacks on Gaza and to promote the cause of peace and justice. While the level of violence has reduced there is no peace and injustice continues.

“All the parties in the Dáil can play a constructive role in promoting peace and supporting a two state solution by passing the Sinn Féin motion to recognise the state of Palestine.

“Sinn Féin is calling on the government to officially recognise the State of Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders as established in UN resolutions.

“The right of Palestinians to self-determination and to have their own state as well as the right of the State of Israel to exist within secure borders is unquestionable. This is accepted by 135 countries, including 8 EU members, which now formally recognise the state of Palestine.

“The Seanad, on 22 October 2014, unanimously accepted a motion calling ‘on the Government to formally recognize the State of Palestine’.

"The government must do all it can to advance an inclusive and viable peace process, and two-state solution, to bring about the positive conditions to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Finding a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians and between Arabs and Israelis in a broader context, is a key element of Irish foreign policy.

“Therefore, we are calling on all deputies to support the Sinn Féin motion when it comes before the Dáil on Tuesday and Wednesday.”

 ENDS

 Full text of motion follows

That Dáil Éireann:


Notes that:
-          in 2011 the Irish Government upgraded the status, titles, and functional privileges of the Palestinian Mission to Ireland to close to that of an Embassy;
 -          in November 2012, Ireland voted in favour of the United Nations General Assembly motion granting “non-member observer state” status to Palestine;
-          the long standing commitment Irish Governments have given to the development of a viable, sovereign Palestinian state, and their support for the achievement of a sovereign State of Palestine existing in peace with its neighbours including  the State of Israel;
-          as of the 8th of December 2014, 135 countries have formally recognised the State of Palestine, including 8 EU Member States- Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Malta, Cyprus and Sweden;
-          Seanad Éireann, on 22 October 2014, unanimously accepted a motion calling “on the Government to formally recognize the State of Palestine and do everything it can at the international level to help secure a viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”;
-          On 30 October 2014 Sweden became the first EU Member State to formally recognise the State of Palestine while a Member State of the EU;

 Recognises that:
 -          finding a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and between Arabs and Israelis in a broader context, is a key element of Irish foreign policy;
-          the right of Palestinians to self-determination and to have their own state as well as the right of the State of Israel to exist within secure borders are unquestionable;
-          continued Israeli settlement construction and extension activities in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, as well as the continued expropriation of Palestinian land and demolition of Palestinian property by Israel, is illegal and severely threatening the establishment of a viable Palestinian State based on the 1967 borders.

Concludes that:
 -          the international law criteria for recognition of a Palestinian State have been fulfilled;
-          the achievement of a fully independent sovereign State of Palestine is an essential element to the resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict;

 Calls on the Government:

-          to officially recognise the State of Palestine, on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital, as established in UN resolutions, as a further positive contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict;
 -          to do all it can to assist in the development of the democratic and state institutions of the Palestinian State;
-          to do everything it can at the international level to help secure an inclusive and viable peace process, and two-state solution, in order to bring about the positive conditions to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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