Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said an EU resolution to recognise of the state of Palestine in principle is a step in the right direction.

Speaking after signing a joint resolution to recognise the state of Palestine in principle, Ms Anderson, the chair of the EU’s Delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Assembly, said;

“For us this resolution does not go far enough but it is to be welcomed as a principled step in the right direction.

“This will give protection to the Palestinian territory, its people and its borders.

“It is a long overdue recognition of the international community’s obligation and a positive step towards peace.

“The President of the European Parliament will now forward this resolution to the European Council, the European Commission, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, the governments of the individual member states, the Palestinian Legislative Council and the Knesset.

“All member states, including Ireland, must now formally recognise and protect the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital.

“Sinn Féin calls on all parties to refrain from any activities which would undermine the viability and prospects for a two-state solution.”