Gerry Adams begins three day visit to Israel and Palestine
Sinn Fein president speaking at the beginning of a three day visit to Israel and Palestine Gerry Adams said;
In 2009 following a fact finding mission to Gaza and Israel I published a report which proposed nine immediate steps to help resolve the conflict. They were:
· All armed actions and acts of violence should cease.
· An inclusive process of negotiations should commence in which all democratic mandates are respected, clear objectives are set, and there is a fixed timeframe.
· The building of the Separation Wall should stop as a first step which would see its demolition.
· The siege of the Gaza Strip should end.
· An immediate and intensive programme of reconstruction and economic development must commence.
· The ongoing Israeli colonisation of the West Bank and the building of settlements should stop.
· The occupation of the West Bank and the denial of freedom of movement to Palestinians in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, and between the West Bank and Gaza, should end as part of the process to decolonise the West Bank.
· Mutual and expeditious co-operation between Palestinians and Israelis to enhance public safety and security should commence.
· United Nations Resolutions and International Law should be enforced.
“Five years later the situation has got worse and the pathway towards a lasting peace is uncertain.
“The lack of progress and the current tension requires sustained international attention.
“Those parties which are committed to building peace need support in their efforts to achieve a just and comprehensive negotiated settlement.
“The huge rates of poverty and unemployment among the Palestinian people, the restrictions on the movement of people and goods, are all in breach of international law.
“Over five million Palestinian refugees are living in third world conditions.
“The solution to all of this can only be achieved by resolute political action and by the international community upholding international law.”