On the first anniversary of the passing of a motion in the Dáil to recognise the State of Palestine, Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has called the refusal of the Government to recognise the Palestinian State “utterly unacceptable”, and has urged the Government “to act on the will of the Oireachtas to recognise the State of Palestine without delay”.
Teachta Adams said:
“On this day, the 10th December last year, the Dáil unanimously supported a Sinn Féin motion calling on the Government to support the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and to recognise the State of Palestine. The Seanad passed a similar motion a number of weeks previously.
“Unfortunately, rather than acting as a catalyst for change in the State’s approach to Ireland-Palestine relations, the Government has refused recognise the Palestinian State, despite the all-party and non-party agreement on the issue in both Houses of the Oireachtas.
“Ireland, with our colonial past, our history of resistance and a peace process of our own can undoubtedly play a leadership role in the search for peace and progress in the Middle East.
“The line peddled from the Government that the Palestinian people must wait until there is a peace settlement for recognition is not realistic. No settlement will be reached unless the international community steps up the plate and recognises that Palestinian statehood is an important step on the road to lasting peace. It is unjustifiable for the Government to continue its bias of recognising the State of Israel, but not the State of Palestine.
“The refusal of the Government to act on the will of both the Dáil and the Seanad is utterly unacceptable and the Government must without delay recognise the State of Palestine.”