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de Brún 'Europe must make support of a Palestinian state explicit'

29 September, 2011 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has co-authored a resolution voted in the European Parliament today addressing the legitimate demand of Palestine to be represented as a state at the United Nations.

Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg de Brún said,

"Through this resolution which was voted by MEPs from across the political divide, the European Parliament reiterates its strong support for the two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as capital of both states. The EU and its Member States must now strongly demonstrate their support for the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to statehood existing peacefully alongside an Israeli state."

'Today's resolution is important, but I also continue to urge EU leaders to explicitly support Palestine to become a full member of the UN as a sovereign State. More than 130 countries already officially recognise the Palestinian state and the UN conditions for a viable state have been met.

'Since the Palestine's application for statehood the Israeli government have approved the building of over 1000 homes on illegal settlements in the Palestinian territory. Now is not the time to be shy with our demands for the future of Palestine.


'I hope today's resolution will be the first of many steps to enshrine EU support an independent Palestinian state.

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