David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

Scottish MEP welcomes vote for recognition of Palestinian statehood

Today (Wednesday 17 December, 2014) David Martin, Scotland’s senior European MP, welcomed the European Parliament’s recognition of Palestinian statehood at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Speaking from Strasbourg Mr Martin said: ‘I wish to express my strong support for the recognition of Palestinian statehood.  I, along with my colleagues in the Socialist and Democratic Group consider that the right of the Palestinians to self-determination and to have their own state is unquestionable – as is the right of Israel to exist within secure borders’

The proposal for official recognition of Palestine as a state is being raised in Parliaments across Europe and has today been voted on in the European Parliament with MEPs call for a coordinated European initiative.

‘I believe that this initiative in the European Parliament is needed to break the current logjam between Israelis and Palestinians’ explained Mr Martin.

With their vote the European Parliament's Socialists and Democrats Group of MEPs, will reaffirm their view that peace will only be achieved through negotiations between the two sides, but will also say the move is motivated by ‘impatience’ and ‘despair’ amongst European lawmakers at the status quo.

‘However’ continued Mr Martin, ‘we remain deeply convinced that a single European voice is a key factor for finding a comprehensive solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  We believe that the only way to solve the conflict between Israel and Palestine is through a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem the capital of both states’.

‘With such a resolution the State of Israel could live in peace and security alongside an independent, democratic and viable State of Palestine. Therefore with this positive vote we urge the EU (European Union) and its Member States to play a more active role in achieving lasting peace,’ concluded David Martin. 

-The parliaments of the UK, Spain, Sweden, Ireland and France have all voted for recognition of Palestinian statehood. Parliamentarians in Denmark will vote on this soon.

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