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de Brún travels to Palestine before UN petition

11 July, 2011 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Speaking from Jerusalem during a four day visit in advance of Palestine submitting the question of Palestinian statehood to the United Nations Bairbre de Brun MEP said:


"Our conference and visit to Jerusalem and the West Bank comes at a very opportune time: in advance of today's Quartet meeting; and as the Palestinian Authority prepares to submit the question of Palestinian statehood to the United Nations in the autumn.


"We had the opportunity to discuss these issues with Prime Minister Abbas, with Prime Minister Fayyad, with Hanan Ashrawi and PLC members from all parties and with some Knesset members and NG0s.


"The EU must now promote at the wider international level its already agreed position in favour of a Palestinian State on the 1967 borders unless the parties agree otherwise with East Jerusalem as its capital


The EU should also protest the arrest and deportation this weekend of those EU citizens who came to Israel and Palestine to protest peacefully or to monitor the human rights situation, as well as the block on many others of even boarding a plane at an EU airport" ENDS


MEPs on Palestine visit


Kyriacos Triantaphyllides (Cyprus)

Bairbre de Brún (Ireland)

Patrick Le Hyaric (France)

Giorgios Toussas (Greece)

Joao Ferreira (Portugal)

Søren Søndergaard (Denmark)

Takis Hadgigeorgiou (Cyprus)

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