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French MPs recognise Palestine as state - Europe - Al Jazeera English

French MPs recognise Palestine as state - Europe - Al Jazeera English

French MPs recognise Palestine as state

France's
lower house of parliament votes 339 to 151 in favour of symbolic motion to
recognise statehood of Palestine.
Last updated: 02 Dec 2014 18:39

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/12/french-mps-hold-palestine-vote-201412261417482498.html

French lawmakers have voted 339 to
151 in favour of a symbolic motion to recognise Palestine as a state.


The National Assembly's vote on Tuesday is
likely to raise domestic political pressure on the French government to be more
active on the issue.


We wish to express our gratitude to the
members of the French parliament for adopting a resolution on the side of
justice and human dignity


Hanan Ashrawi, senior
leader in the Palestine Liberation Organisation
While the vote is non-binding, Paris has in
the past already made known that it plans to recognise a Palestinian nation
"when the time comes", arguing that a two-state solution to the
Middle East conflict logically implies recognition of Palestine.


The text introduced by the ruling Socialists
"invites the French government to use the recognition of the state of
Palestine as an instrument to gain a definitive resolution of the
conflict".


The vote will likely anger Israel further
after similar resolutions were approved by British MPs on October 13 and
Spanish MPs on November 18. Sweden also voted to recognise  Palestine as a state on
October 30.


"Israel believes that the vote in the
National Assembly ... will reduce the possibility of achieving a deal between
Israel and the Palestinians," the Israeli embassy in Paris said in a
statement less than an hour after the motion was passed.


Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons, reporting from
Jerusalem, said: "When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was asked about
the motion, he said it would be a ‘grave mistake’."


"Subdued anger is likely to be their response."

Palestinian call

The Palestinian leadership urged France to
act on the parliamentary vote.



"We call on the French government to
translate its parliament's vote into action," Hanan Ashrawi, a senior
leader in the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said in a statement.


"We wish to express our gratitude to the
members of the French parliament for adopting a resolution on the side of
justice and human dignity," she said.


"For peace to prevail, support for the
two-state solution must be more than lip service.



"If members of the international
community are serious about the creation of the independent Palestinian
state... they must undertake serious and concrete measures to end the
occupation and to recognise the State of Palestine."


Last week, French Foreign Minister Laurent
Fabius told MPs the UN Security Council was working on a resolution to relaunch
and conclude peace talks.


"A deadline of two years is the one most
often mentioned and the French government can agree with this figure," he
said.


Fabius also said France was prepared to host
international talks to drive the peace bid forward.


"An international conference could be
organised. France is prepared to take the initiative on this. And in these
talks, recognition [of the Palestinian state] would be an instrument... for the
definitive resolution of the conflict," he said.


"If these efforts fail, if this last
attempt at a negotiated settlement does not work, then France will have to do
its duty and recognise the state of Palestine without delay and we are ready to
do that," stressed Fabius, without fixing a deadline for such recognition.


 COMMENT:

FRENCH GOVERNMENT SEEMS TO BE SINCERE IN
THEIR BID TO RECOGNIZE PALESTINE WHICH IS EXHIBITED BY THE ACTION OF THE MP'S
OF THE PARLIAMENT AND IS VERY UNLIKE THE BRITISH RULING PARTY OF CAMEROON.


THE ASSURANCE OF THE FRENCH DIPLOMAT AND OF
THE FUTURE INTENDED WORK IS DEFINITELY ENCOURAGING.


DEFINITELY FRENCH GOVERNMENT DESERVE A VERY
WARM HEARTY THANKS FOR BEING VERY KIND AND NICE TO SUPPORT THE PALESTINIAN
CAUSE WITH DUE KIND FEELING AND SYMPATHY.


I WOULD REFRAIN FROM COMMENTING ON ISRAEL'S
PM AND HIS IMMATURE ACTIVITIES AT THIS HOUR OF HIS POLITICAL DEFEAT DUE TO HIS
CRIMINAL THINKING AND UNWANTED US ZIONIST LAWMAKER'S SUPPORT.




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