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Carthy debates future of Palestine at National University of Ireland, Galway

5 February, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy, speaking this evening in a Debate hosted by the Literary and Debating Society of National University of Ireland, Galway, argued that a two state solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine was the only means of securing peace in the region.

The Sinn Féin MEP was arguing in opposition to the motion that “This house would put forward a one state solution.”

Carthy said:

“In September, I and two other Sinn Féin MEPs took part in a European Parliament Delegation to Palestine.

“During our trip we visited the West Bank and Jerusalem as well as Tel Aviv, although we were denied entry to Gaza by the Israeli authorities.

“We were struck at the regressive occupation regime imposed by the Israeli Government against the Palestinian people.

“It appears that, despite the best efforts of Israel, that international opinion is swinging in favour of a two state solution – for example UN Secretary General Banki Monn has urged Palestinians and Israelis to negotiate a resolution of the conflict on the basis of a two – state solution in which Israel and Palestine live side by side in peace and security.

“Similarly, the European Union, in December 2014, voted to recognise Palestinian Statehood and the two state solution hand in hand with the advancement of Peace Talks aimed at developing a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.

“In my view, the current status quo, under which Israel consistently undermines the Palestinian Authority is neither desirable or sustainable and any attempt to impose a one state solution will lead to extensive violence by Israel as they continue to exert their control in the region.

“The only solution, the only real hope of achieving lasting peace in the region, is to secure a two state solution involving two fully (internationally) recognised states – Israel and Palestine.”

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