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EU must be united in its support for the recognition of a Palestinian State at the United Nations

Joint statement by Sergei Stanishev (President of the Party of European Socialists), Hannes Swoboda (President of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament), 27 November 2012

On 29 November, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will present the bid for Palestine to become a “non-member observer state” at the United Nations General Assembly This is a unique occasion for the European Union and its Member States to express their support for the legitimate aspiration of the Palestinian people to have their own state.

The Party of European Socialists (PES) and the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D) deeply believe in the two-state solution based on pre-1967 borders with the State of Israel and an independent, sovereign, democratic, viable and contiguous State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security and with Jerusalem being the capital of both states.

The right of Palestinians to have their own independent state, recognised by the international community within the United Nations system, is unquestionable, as it is the right of Israel to exist. 

The time has come for action. Further delay would only fuel escalation of tensions creating fertile ground for radicalism and extremism. PES and S&D believe that peace, diplomacy and respect for human rights and dignity constitute the only way to a credible, sustainable and equitable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

The only viable path towards just and lasting peace it is an immediate resumption of peace talks that reflect the legitimate demands and aspirations of both the people of Israel and of Palestine for peace, security and prosperity. The current resolution can have a significant positive impact in this regard. 

A strong mandate by EU Member States to High Representative Catherine Ashton should be the basis of an ambitious role for the European Union in the efforts aimed at finding peace in the Middle East.

The European Union and its Member States must say yes to the recognition of the State of Palestine. By doing so, they will both enhance their international credibility and lay the foundations for renewed peace efforts. 

Sergei Stanishev - President of the Party of European Socialists (PES)

Hannes Swoboda - President of the Group of the Progressive Alliance Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D)

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