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Bairbre de Brún MEP joins human chain for Palestine

7 June, 2007

Bairbre de Brún MEP today joined a human chain around the European Commission "Berlaymont" building to urge the EU to launch an initiative to begin a real peace process which can lead to a just and sustainable peace. The human chain was attended by MEPs and others and addressed by leaders of Belgian political parties.

Speaking from Brussels Ms de Brún said:

"It is good to see that so many people across Europe are mobilising to put pressure on the European institutions to take action to end the paralysis in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

"The EU allocated considerable resources to help the Palestinians organise free and fair elections last year, yet this work is set at nought when the EU stands by and allows the detention of so many of those who were democratically elected. Palestine needs and deserves our support more than ever following the agreement at Mecca and the formation of a government of national unity.

"40 years on from the beginning of the Israeli occupation the EU should take a firm stand, recognising the national unity government, and encouraging the Israeli government to do likewise." ENDS

Notes to editor:

1. In January 2006 Bairbre de Brún MEP was an international observer to the Palestinian elections.

2. On Monday this week Ms de Brún joined MLAs at Stormont to meet the Patriarch of Jerusalem on his visit to Belfast.

3. On Wednesday this week Ms de Brún joined 44 other MEPs in a solemn and dignified protest in the European Parliament to highlight the plight of the 45 Palestinian Members of Parliament who have been imprisoned by the Israeli authorities.

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