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de Brún calls for Justice for Palestine ahead of Patriarch meeting

1 June, 2007


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has called for justice for Palestine in advance of meetings with the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Monsignor Michel Sabbah in the coming days. On Sunday, Ms de Brún will attend mass in St Peter's Cathedral in Belfast which will be concelebrated by the Latin Patriarch and the Bishop of Down and Connor, the Most Reverend Patrick Walsh. On Monday, Ms de Brún will join senior party colleagues to meet with the Patriarch in Stormont.

Monsignor Michel Sabbah is in Belfast at the invitation of Trócaire.

In advance of the meetings, Ms de Brún said:

"People in Palestine have shown both endurance and resilience and have retained a great sense of dignity in spite of having suffered so much over the years. As we begin to see some hope of a better future for the coming generations here in Ireland our hearts go out to those who see no such hope in their everyday lives.

"Given the well-organised elections last year and the Mecca Agreement which has paved the way for a Palestinian national unity government, the EU should immediately end its political and economic sanctions against the Palestinian government. It must also take far more active measures to ensure that the Israeli government dismantles the illegal wall which has been built on Palestinian land and which virtually dissects the West Bank, and ends the land confiscations and house demolitions as well as the raft of oppressive measures imposed on Palestinians daily.

"I would call on the Irish and British governments to pursue such a policy in the time ahead and to promote a return to negotiations that will allow the resolution of the conflict based on UN resolutions, notably through the creation of a Palestinian state existing in peace and security alongside the state of Israel." ENDS

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