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Adams welcomes European Parliament vote on Palestinian State and historic agreement between Cuba and the USA

17 December, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has welcomed the two historic international decisions today.

The European Parliament voted by 498 to 88 to recognise Palestine as a state.

The United States and Cuba have announced the commencement of a new relationship between the two countries.

Welcoming the release of prisoners and the commencement of a new relationship between the USA and Cuba Gerry Adams said:

“The opening of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba is evidence of what can be achieved through dialogue and mutual trust.

“I want to congratulate both President Obama and President Raul Castro and all of those who have worked to achieve this historic agreement which will benefit the citizens of both states.

“I hope the new and more positive relationship between both countries can lead to the speedy lifting of the blockade of Cuba.”

Commenting on the overwhelming vote in the European Parliament in support of a Palestinian state Gerry Adams said:

“Today’s historic decision by the European Parliament follows on from similar motions in the British Parliament, in Sweden, in France, in Spain and in Belgium and last week in the Oireachtas.

“This is a substantial and positive development and an important act of solidarity with the Palestinian people.

“The Irish government should now move speedily toward upgrading the status of the Palestinian mission in Dublin to that of a full Embassy.”


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