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Thursday 29th November 2012 | 13:08
Sandra White MSP: Press Release
The anticipated success of the Palestinian bid to the United Nations to become a non-member observer state is being welcomed by Sandra White MSP.
Ms White, MSP for Glasgow Kelvin and Co-Convener on the Cross Party Group on Palestine, lodged a motion - appealing to MSPs from all parties and none - to show unconditional support for Palestine’s new proposed status.
“This is a symbolic and historic day for Palestine and everyone concerned with worldwide justice and humanity. Today’s result should represent a stepping stone for Palestinians on their path to statehood.
“The enhanced UN status for Palestine is important as it reinforces the long-standing view that a two-state solution is needed, and the
international recognition will lessen the likelihood of future conflict and killing.”
Ms White also criticised the UK government for their abstaining on the vote, adding:
“It is deeply regrettable that the UK government seems to have decided not to support Palestine’s bid without conditions. It is only by
pursuing diplomatic initiatives such as this that the international community can hope to lessen the risk of conflict and violence, and
the UK Government should be using its voice to promote such diplomacy.”