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Dáil to back Sinn Féin motion on Palestinian state

9 December, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the decision by the Irish government not to oppose a Sinn Féin motion urging recognition of a Palestinian state.

Gerry Adams, spent three days visiting Israel and Palestine last week.

Speaking tonight he said:

“The government’s decision means that both houses of the Oireachtas will now support the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination; the recognition of a Palestinian state and sovereignty for the Palestinian people.

“This is a substantial and positive development which means that Ireland can now be a significant part of the consensus for peace and progress in the Middle East.

“It also means that we are standing with progressive Israeli opinion which wants a lasting peace arrangement with the Palestinian people.

“I have long argued that we as a colonised people with a history of resistance and a peace process could play a leadership role in the search for peace in the Middle East.

“This is the correct stand for Ireland. It is the moral stand.

“This motion is about advancing this. It is very straightforward.

“It recognises the right of Palestinians to self-determination, ‘and to have their own state as well as the right of the State of Israel to exist within secure borders.’

 “It calls on the government to ‘officially recognise the State of Palestine, on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital, as established in UN resolutions, as a further positive contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict;

do all it can to assist in the development of the democratic and state institutions of the Palestinian State; and

do everything it can, at the international level, to help secure an inclusive and viable peace process, and two-state solution, in order to bring about the positive conditions to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.’

“This motion is about hope.

“In a region where there is precious little hope at this time and where tensions are increasing daily, there is an onus on the international community to provide meaningful leadership.

“We must stand with the Palestinian and Israeli citizens who want peace – who are taking risks for peace. The passing of this motion is an important contribution to this.

“The Irish government should now take up a leadership role in pushing for greater action by the international community.

“It should also follow the logic of this motion and upgrade the Palestinian Mission to that of a full Embassy.”

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