Lynn Boylan welcomes European Parliament vote to recognise Palestine
Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed the EU's recognition, in principle, of the state of Palestine. The compromise motion was carried by an overwhelming majority, 498 votes to 88
Ms. Boylan spoke on the resolution in Strasbourg yesterday stating that:
“I am proud to vote in favour of this resolution. It is a step in the right direction for Palestinian statehood. Although it is well overdue, resolutions such as this one are part of a growing movement across Europe to support a Palestinian state. This month the Dail added its voice to this growing movement by agreeing to the adoption of a Sinn Féin motion which called on the government to respect Palestine’s right to self-determination and to recognise the state of Palestine.”
The EU vote follows symbolic votes recently by several national parliaments – including the UK, Sweden and France and Luxembourg to recognise a Palestinian state.
Ms Boylan also stated:
“With Israeli actions including the recent war in Gaza and the accelerated illegal settlement expansion in the West Bank having a serious impact on the progression of talks, I welcome the growing international support for Palestinian statehood.
This resolution, though watered down, should send a strong signal that Palestinian statehood is essential to progress a meaningful peace process.
I would like to reiterate calls made by Sinn Féin on all parties to refrain from any activities which would undermine the viability and prospects for a two-state solution.”