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Adams supports MV Saoirse to Gaza

29 June, 2011 - by Gerry Adams TD


The Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking in the Dáil during ‘Statements on European Council, Brussels’ expressed his support for the crew of the MV Saoirse, the Irish ship to Gaza, which will travel in the coming days to Gaza with the International Freedom Flotilla.

Mr Adams called on the Irish government to speak to the Israeli government and seek safe passage for the MV Saoirse, and to do all in its power to end the siege of Gaza and the suffering of the Palestinian people.

Mr. Adams said: “Direct negotiations in the Middle East provide the only realistic chance of improving the situation on the ground and leading to a lasting and comprehensive solution in that part of the world. I have been there a number of times myself, including several days in Gaza – and I warmly welcome the unity pact between the Palestinian groups.”

The Sinn Fein leader also said: “I also want to support the crew of the MV Saoirse, the Irish Ship to Gaza which will travel with the International Freedom Flotilla.

“I know some of those on board the MV Saoirse, including Sinn Féin members, and I want to commend them and their colleagues for their courage in standing up for the rights of the people of Gaza to live free of oppression.

“This second flotilla should be allowed safe travel and the Irish Government should be speaking to the Israeli authorities to ensure that they get it.

“I would further urge the Government to do all in its power to end the siege of Gaza and the suffering of the Palestinian people.

“In particular the government should support the unity efforts of all the Palestinian groups and their demand for recognition for statehood when it comes up in the UN later this year.” ENDS

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