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Ireland to recognise Palestinian statehood

The Irish government will accept a motion to be proposed by the opposition calling on parliament to recognise Palestine as a state on Wednesday.

The motion calls on the Irish government to “officially recognise the State of Palestine, on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital, as established in UN resolutions, as a further positive contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

The motion goes on to condemn Israeli settlements, stating that, “continued Israeli settlelement construction and extension activities in the West Bank, is illegal and severely threatening the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.”

Member of parliament will discuss the motion, proposed by the opposition Sinn Fein party, this week. A vote will not be required as the government spokesperson has outlined that there will be no opposition to the motion, reports Reuters.

The motion comes as Sweden became the largest European country to recognise Palestine as a state, and Spain, Britain and France supported non-binding resolutions in favour of recognition of Palestine. 

Palestine achieves observer status at International Criminal Court (08 Dec 2014)

French MPs vote for recognition of Palestine (02 Dec 2014)

Sweden formally recognises Palestine (30 Oct 2014)

UK MPs vote overwhelmingly in favour of recognising Palestine (13 Oct 2014)

Sweden defends decision to recognise Palestine statehood amidst US and Israeli criticism (05 Oct 2014)

Scotland calls for Palestinian statehood recognition  (1 Oct 2014)

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