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Monday, July 23rd, 2018

PLO’s Ashrawi calls on Finland to recognize Palestinian statehood

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Ramallah Executive Committee member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Dr. Hanan Ashrawi called on the government of Finland to recognize the Palestinian state in the immediate future, describing such a move as “a positive and necessary contribution towards a just peace.”

This came in Ashrawi’s meeting with Head of the Representative Office of Finland Ambassador Anna-Kaisa Heikkinen, at the PLO headquarters here on Monday, where they reviewed Palestinian-Finnish relations and stressed the importance of expanding their cooperation in different areas of mutual interest.

Regarding recent political developments, Ashrawi raised the issue of US President Donald Trump’s outrageous decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Nakba Day (May 15) as well as cutting funds to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

“The U.S. has certainly disqualified itself as a peace broker by becoming a party to the conflict. By being complicit in such unilateral moves, the U.S. is ensuring that the chances for an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital are quickly slipping away,” Ashrawi said.

She also briefed the ambassador on the latest Israeli violations against Palestinians, primarily the revocation of the Palestinian Jerusalemites’ residency and the illegal annexation of Palestinian land, in addition to the home demolitions and the escalation of unlawful settlement activities in and around Jerusalem. In that context, the PLO official called on the European Union to play an urgent and decisive political role to hold Israel accountable for its crimes, which are a blatant breach of international law and international humanitarian law.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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