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Government position on Palestine not good enough - Adams

11 November, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has urged the government to follow through on the Oireachtas motion last December for the Irish government to recognise the state of Palestine.

Teachta Adams said:

“Last week I raised the issue of Irish recognition of Palestinian statehood with the Taoiseach. He did not answer me but subsequently I received a letter from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan.

It was totally unsatisfactory and fudged the issue. It failed to acknowledge the expressed support of the Oireachtas for a Palestinian state.

The Irish government needs to demonstrate leadership on this issue. Ireland has a certain global reputation, given our colonial past and the success of our peace process, imperfect though it may be. When we speak on these issues, we speak not least to the people in the region in a way they can understand and respect.

What do young Palestinians do, being treated as they are, if nobody stands up for them and recognises that they have rights? It is clear that the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian issue is at the heart of the political destabilisation of the entire region.

Sinn Féin wants to see the Government recognising the state of Palestine as agreed by the Oireachtas last December. I support the two-state settlement.

Why does the government recognise one state but not the other state?

The notion that Palestinians should have to wait until there is a settlement is unacceptable. No settlement will be reached unless progressive states internationally, including this State, raise their voices.

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