Irish Government Accepts Motion To Recognize Palestinian State

DUBLIN (AP) -

The Irish government accepted a motion to be proposed by the opposition on Tuesday calling on parliament to recognize Palestine as a state, echoing similar recent symbolic decisions in other European Union countries.

It follows the passing of a motion in Ireland’s upper house in October calling on the government to formally recognize Palestine.

Members of Oireachtas, or Irish Parliament, in the lower house are due to discuss the motion proposed by the opposition Sinn Fein party later on Wednesday. A government spokesman said it will not oppose the bill, meaning MPs will not be required to vote.

The motion calls on the government to “officially recognize the State of Palestine, on the basis of the 1967 borders with eastern Yerushalayim as the capital, as established in U.N. resolutions, as a further positive contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”