Ireland to recognize state of Palestine this month: Minister

Ahram Online , AFP , Wednesday 15 May 2024

Ireland is certain to recognise Palestinian statehood by the end of May, the country's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

University students set up a pro-Palestinian camp on the grounds of University College Dublin in protest against the Israeli war on Gaza, in Dublin, Ireland, Monday, May 13, 2024. AP


"We will be recognising the state of Palestine before the end of the month," Micheal Martin, who is also Ireland's deputy prime minister, told the Newstalk radio station.

In March the leaders of Spain, Ireland, Slovenia and Malta said in a joint statement that they stand ready to recognise Palestinian statehood.

Ireland has long said it has no objection in principle to officially recognising the Palestinian state if it could help the peace process in the Middle East.

But Israel's war on Gaza has given the issue new impetus.

Last week, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Spain, Ireland and Slovenia planned to symbolically recognise a Palestinian state on May 21, with others potentially following suit.

But Ireland's Martin on Wednesday shied away from pinpointing a date.

"The specific date is still fluid because we're still in discussions with some countries in respect of a joint recognition of a Palestinian state," said Martin.

"It will become clear in the next few days as to the specific date but it certainly will be before the end of this month.

"I will look forward to consultations today with some foreign ministers in respect of the final specific detail of this."

Last month during a visit to Dublin by Spanish premier Pedro Sanchez, Irish Prime Minister Simon Harris said the countries would coordinate the move together.

"When we move forward, we would like to do so with as many others as possible to lend weight to the decision and to send the strongest message," said Harris.

In March, Ireland said it would intervene in South Africa's genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in a strong signal of Dublin's stance against Israel’s bloodiest-ever war on Gaza.

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed on Friday an Arab-proposed resolution to reconsider and support the State of Palestine's membership in the United Nations by 143 for, 9 against, and 25 abstentions.

144 countries have already recognized the state of Palestine, including four Caribbean countries since 7 October, which are Jamaica, Barbados & Trinidad and Tobago.

Palestine currently holds an observer status in the international body, which allows it to attend and speak in meetings discussing Palestinian and Middle East-related issues.

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