Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed a call from the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council for an end to the occupation of Palestine.
“While it was selective in its condemnation of violence and legitimises the spurious claim by Israel that human shields are being used in Gaza, the Council has been forthright in its calls for the indiscriminate targeting of civilians to end.
“The council has said it is particularly appalled by the human cost of the Israeli military onslaught and also expressed deep concern at the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation.
“It also called for the immediate an unconditional opening of border crossings to allow the flow of humanitarian aid and people.
“Crucially, the council’s conclusions examined the root of the problems and said the only way to end the conflict is through agreement that would end the occupation which began in 1967.
“This is particularly welcome as it directly addresses the crux of the problems faced by the Palestinian people.
“It also reaffirmed its commitment to to a two state solution and called for a halt on the expansion of illegal israeli settlements.
“The conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council go much further than the frankly weak resolution passed by the European Parliament which failed to recognise the significance of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.”