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Adams attends Irish Palestine Solidarity Committee AGM in Dublin

16 May, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP MLA this afternoon attended the AGM of the IPSC in Dublin. The meeting was held in the Central Hotel and was addressed by visiting Palestinian activists, including Prof As’ad Abdul Rahman, Executive Member of the PLO, who Mr. Adams met recently on his visit to Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.

Speaking afterward Mr. Adams said:

“I recently spent several days in Israel, Gaza and the west Bank. I was shocked by the appalling conditions the Palestinian people are living under. The situation in Gaza is especially appalling. This situation must be addressed urgently. It cannot wait for negotiations.

“The siege of Gaza by Israel must end and the reconstruction work, that has been prevented since the Israeli assault on Gaza ended in January, must be allowed to begin immediately.

“The construction of settlements and the Separation Wall are illegal and in clear breach of international protocols and must stop.

“There needs to be an end to all armed actions and acts of violence.

“However despite the obvious difficulties my discussions, with a wide range of Palestinian and Israeli opinion, confirmed my view that a process of dialogue between all of the participants is essential for progress.

“Democratic mandates must be respected. I believe that a two state solution which provides for the security and prosperity of Palestinians and Israelis, as well as national rights for Palestinians, can deliver a durable peace settlement.

“The international community has a huge role to play and a responsibility to use its influence to support a meaningful peace process that can deliver real change and hope for the people of the region.

“I am convinced following my conversations that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians and Israelis want peace and stability and a better future.” ENDS

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