EU should recognise state of Palestine - Anderson
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on the European Union to recognise the state of Palestine.
Speaking in a debate in Strasbourg, Ms Anderson, the chair of the EU's Delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council, said;
"135 countries have already recognised Palestinian statehood which represents approximately 80% of the world's population.
"This includes eight EU Member States, most recently Sweden.
"There have been resolutions passed in Ireland and Britain calling for recognition of Palestinian statehood.
"Similar debates are set to take place right across Europe.
"The Israeli onslaught on Gaza this summer has shown that the status quo is not acceptable to the millions we represent.
“It shouldn't be acceptable to anyone who wants a peaceful and just resolution
"The international community needs to influence change by action. The worrying situation emerging in East Jerusalem and the preposterous Jewish State Bill demonstrates clearly that Israel is not prepared to be a partner for peace.
"Recognising the state of Palestine on the 1967 borders will send a clear message that the international community is opposed to occupation and committed to a two-state solution involving two fully recognised states - Israel and Palestine."