MEP Anderson in historic Palestinian vote
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson commenting on the significance of a resolution on the Palestinian situation, passed by the European Parliament last week, said:
“This is the strongest statement made by the European Parliament on the plight of the Palestinians. I was delighted to cast my vote in support of it.
“The European Parliament has really stepped up its game, outrightly criticising the construction and expansion of illegal settlements and highlighting the obstacles these actions put in the way of any attempted peace talks.
“The resolution also demands that illegal settlement goods are excluded under the preferential trade terms of the EU-Israel association agreement.
“I can't underline the significance of this statement enough. Although there was some opposition I believe that the result of the vote demonstrates firmly the strong will of most EU parliamentarians to demand greater haste in addressing the plight of the Palestinian people.
“The message is gathering strength and we must continue to fight for an internationally recognised Independent Palestine."