Fianna Fáil TD for Longford – Westmeath Robert Troy says it’s critical that the international community step in and secure a peaceful end to the long running Israeli – Palestinian conflict.
Deputy Troy made the comments after addressing a conference in Sweden on May 7th last which explored the plight of the Palestinian refugees, the impact of the Syrian war and the ongoing obstacles to securing peace in the region.
“Earlier this year I visited Palestine and saw first-hand the horrors caused by decades of ongoing conflict. It’s deeply unsettling that the international community has allowed this conflict to continue for years on end leading to pain and agony for millions of people,” said Deputy Troy.
“Last week I was delighted to take the opportunity to address a conference in Sweden which was established to examine the steps that need to be taken to secure peace in the Middle East. Securing peace in the Israeli – Palestinian conflict has been a long term objective for the Fianna Fáil party. We have been at the forefront in supporting a two-state solution in the region for a number of decades.
“Fianna Fáil in Government led Ireland to become the first EU member state to declare that a solution to the conflict in the Middle East had to be based on a fully sovereign state of Palestine, independent of and coexisting with Israel. Our own experience here in Ireland shows that both sides of the divide need to be respected when seeking to bring conflict to an end.
“The Irish people remain longstanding supporters of the Palestinian cause. Having witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by decades of conflict, I understand how critical it is for the international community to step in and ensure common ground is found between the people of Israel and Palestine.
“I believe that it’s imperative, given our own history and experience of conflict, that Ireland is a strong voice for peace in the Middle East. The sheer scale and length of the conflict, coupled with the mounting casualties, underscores the pressing need for progress in the peace process,” said Deputy Troy.