EDM supporting Palestinian membership of the United Nations tabled at Parliament
As Parliament returned from the summer recess, over 70 MPs put their name to a parliamentary motion supporting Palestinian membership of the United Nations tabled by Rt Hon Ann Clwyd MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group. The EDM was co-sponsored by Labour MPs Richard Burden, Tony Lloyd, Andy Slaughter, and Nicholas Soames MP (Conservatives) and Jo Swinson (Liberal Democrats). The EDM tabled can be read below:
EDM 2135: PALESTINIAN MEMBERSHIP OF THE UNITED NATIONS
That this House recalls the target set by President Obama last year of welcoming `a new member of the United Nations – an independent sovereign state of Palestine’ by September 2011, a target also endorsed by the EU and the Quartet; notes that the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations and EU have all reported that Palestine is ready for statehood; recalls that Palestinian negotiators entered talks with Israel and offered substantial concessions; regrets that talks broke down because of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s refusal to extend even a partial freeze on illegal settlement-building; further notes that Palestinians have recognised Israel since 1993 despite Israel’s refusal to recognise a Palestinian state; further notes that 122 countries with nearly 90 per cent. of the world’s population now recognised Palestine and even among Israelis 48 per cent. support recognition and only 41 per cent. oppose; and concludes that the way forward is to recognise an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel and support its admission to the UN because this will be the most effective guarantor of a resumption of negotiations and will also be the best protector of the rights not only of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, but also of Palestinians living in Israel and of Palestinian refugees abroad.
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