Mon 27 May 2024 11:39 am - Jerusalem Time

Spain, Norway and Ireland: Tomorrow we will officially recognize the State of Palestine

  1. Spain, Norway and Ireland demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and enhanced humanitarian efforts

The Foreign Ministers of Spain, Ireland and Norway called for there to be an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and to allow humanitarian aid to enter immediately.

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albarez said, during a joint press conference held with his Irish and Norwegian counterparts, today, Monday, in the Belgian capital, Brussels, that the three countries will officially announce, tomorrow, Tuesday, their recognition of the State of Palestine.

Albarez stressed that all decisions of the International Court of Justice are binding on all parties, and Israel must stop its operation in Rafah, noting that the bombing of the city of Rafah occurred after the decision of the International Court of Justice, which requires raising our voice to support international law, and I will ask other European ministers to support the work of the court.

In turn, Irish Foreign Minister Michael Martin said that the international community, including the European Union, has been talking about supporting the two-state solution based on June 4, 1967, for decades, but we are not close to this solution.

He pointed out that some portrayed our decision to recognize the State of Palestine as a movement that imposes a result on the parties, while others described it as rewarding terrorism, which we confirm is far from that. We recognize the Palestinian and Israeli states, because we want to see a future in which relations between the two peoples are normalized. .

He explained that the three countries are focusing on how to contribute to concrete steps, in order to guarantee the Palestinians’ right to self-determination and implement the two-state solution.

He continued: Yesterday, we held a meeting with European and Arab countries, and we agreed on the necessity of stopping the hostile war in Gaza, and taking clear steps to establish a Palestinian state. We will also meet now in the Council of Foreign Ministers of the European Union, which must participate and support the regional plans, and support the Palestinian reform plan that was discussed. Yesterday, this constitutes a path for effective Palestinian governance for the Palestinians on their lands.

He condemned the attack that occurred yesterday on a refugee camp in the city of Rafah, which is a violation of the decision of the International Court of Justice.

For his part, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Ede said that recognition of the Palestinian state is part of a path aimed at reaching a peace process in the Middle East, and the decision of Norway to recognize the state of Palestine will enter into force starting tomorrow, calling on European countries that are considering this to follow suit. Their mistake.

Edi stressed the need for an immediate ceasefire, strengthening humanitarian and relief efforts, and the need to update the peace settlement by establishing a Palestinian state, to break the cycle of violence in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

He touched on the Israeli occupation massacre in the city of Rafah, saying: What we saw yesterday was barbaric, and it is not possible to bomb a crowded area without injuring civilians and children, calling on Israel to stop its military operation in Rafah.

He pointed out that Israel's continuation of the war in Rafah is a violation of international humanitarian law, and also violates the binding international justice resolution, stressing the need for the Security Council to resort to implementing the international justice resolution, at a time when we see a continuing cycle of violence in Gaza and the West Bank, and its end will be through the establishment of a Palestinian state. .

As part of the efforts made, the Norwegian Foreign Minister said that two important meetings were held yesterday between partners, donors and Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa, and that the technocratic Palestinian government is trying to deal with the outstanding issues and provide the necessary services and reforms, expressing his confidence in the work of Prime Minister Mustafa in this framework.

He pointed out that the second meeting was with the Saudi Foreign Minister in the group of European Arab countries, which includes 38 countries and 3 organizations, in order to develop a peace plan that meets the demands and rights of the Palestinians, and he came out with support for the idea of holding a conference to implement the two-state solution.


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Spain, Norway and Ireland: Tomorrow we will officially recognize the State of Palestine