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EU must do more to support Palestine - Anderson

11 March, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the European Union has to do more to support the people of Palestine. 

Speaking after chairing a meeting of the EU's delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council, Ms Anderson said; 

"At today's meeting we were presented with a report on EU cooperation with Palestine carried out by Professor Joseph Saba, a professor at Georgetown University and former Middle East director at the World Bank. 

"It found that the EU is the largest contributor to Palestinian welfare. 

"But there is no grounds for complacency as the EU should be doing so much more to support the people of Palestine. 

"The lack of a coherent approach to dealing with Palestine from the EU member states is hampering efforts to support the welfare of the Palestinian people. 

"The report pointed up the fact that the EU has failed to show leadership in promoting strategic dialogue in the Middle East. 

"I welcome the report's call for the adoption of a strategy to facilitate dialogue between the EU, Israel and the Palestinian authorities. 

"The European Commission has the power to take such an initiative; what's lacking is the political will. This must change if it is to genuinely support the people of Palestine." 

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