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Resolution must lead to renewed Middle East Peace Process - Anderson

10 September, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Resolution must lead to renewed Middle East Peace Process - Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the overwhelming support of a joint motion for resolution on the Middle East Peace Process in the European Parliament today.

Speaking after the vote, Ma Anderson, who led the negotiations on behalf of the United Left parliamentary grouping said,

"I welcome the passing of this resolution which addresses some of the primary concerns surrounding the stalled peace process between Palestine and Israel.

"We negotiated strenuously with all parties in the run up to this vote, amending the resolution countless times to accommodate a variety of views. 

"There are aspects of the resolution that we as a group found difficult to support, but in the interests of advancing the peace process in Palestine and Israel, we were willing to offer conditional support.

"However, during the plenary session the European Conservatives and Reformists group proposed an amendment calling for the creation of "two states for two peoples."

"Sinn Féin robustly opposed this racist and odious amendment which was a naked attempt to sectarianize the conflict. We were successful in attracting substantial support in this endeavour and were able to vote down this horrible amendment.   

MEP for the six counties, Ms Anderson continues,

"As a whole the resolution presses for Europe to take a greater role in the peace process and work towards the creation of an independent, democratic, contiguous and viable Palestinian state within a two-state solution.

"It also calls for structured talks that genuinely serve the interests of peace and security and calls for an end to the siege of Gaza and urgent reconstruction and rehabilitation of the area.

"Sinn Féin will continue to play a constructive and progressive role in re-establishing the Middle East peace process and working towards the two-state solution." ENDS

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