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Recognition of Palestine statehood - Martina Anderson, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group

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EN - Recognition of Palestine statehood (debate) - Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL, UK), on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group: "The Israeli onslaught in Gaza this summer has shown that the status quo is not acceptable." - 26.11.2014 - Strasbourg. Martina Anderson, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group: "Mr President, 135 countries already – representing approximately 80% of the world’s population – recognise Palestinian statehood. This includes eight EU Member States, most recently Sweden. There have been resolutions passed in Ireland and Britain calling for recognition of Palestinian statehood. Similar debates will take place in France, Belgium and Demark. The Israeli onslaught in Gaza this summer has shown that the status quo is not acceptable to the millions we represent who protested, and it should not be acceptable to anyone who genuinely supports a peaceful and just resolution. Those who claim that recognition of the Palestinian State would negatively impact on future negotiations, ignore the reality that 20 years of negotiations have advanced little and have reinforced Israel’s occupation, which consistently undermines a two-state solution through settlement expansion and land confiscation. The international community needs to influence change by action, because the worrying situation emerging in East Jerusalem and the preposterous Jewish State Bill demonstrate clearly that Israel is not prepared to be a partner for peace. Recognising the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders will send a clear message that the international community and the EU are opposed to occupation and committed to a two-state solution involving two fully-fledged, recognised states, as outlined by the High Representative: Israel and Palestine." © Frédérick moulin 2014 - EU2014 - All rights reserved.