The British Parliament approved a non-binding and historical resolution that, for the first time, asks the Government to recognise the State of Palestine; it was supported by 274 in favor and 12 votes against, although only symbolically, since it doesn’t obligate David Cameron, whose official position is to support negotiations for a two State solution, to act on it.
However, the decision of the British Parliament has an important impact on the International scene, because of the United Kingdom’s strategic weight and its permanent position in the UN Security Council, and after this past October 3, Sweden announced that it will be the first member of the European Union (EU) to recognise the State of Palestine; although Slovakia, Hungary and Poland have already done so, it was before entering the European “club”.
The Unrepresented United Nations (UUN), through its Secretary General Dr. Giovanni Caporaso Gottlieb, congratulates the decision adopted by the British Parliament, in accordance with the 130 nations that have already recognised the State of Palestine.
The debate resulted from the initiative of a group of representatives headed by the Labourist Grahame M. Morris. The resolution to vote reads as follows: “this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.” The House of Commons has 650 seats, 257 of which belong to the Labourists.
The UUN, following its policy of respecting peace, human rights and the sovereignty of the peoples, firmly supports all actions aimed at resolving the Palestine-Israeli conflict through peaceful measures, and that the creation of the State of Palestine is not vetoed by the UN Security Council.
However, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, warns that recognition of Palestine as a State in the House of Commons won’t make him change his policy of the Palestine-Israeli conflict. In the face of that decision, the Unrecognised United Nations condemns that attitude on the basis that the creation of the State of Palestine, together with Israel, can establish the basis for definitive peace in the region; however, it is above all a historic chance for the United Kingdom to rectify the historical injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people since 1948, assuming its responsibility as the ex-Mandate of Palestine and to affirm its moral support of the principles of liberty, justice and the Palestinian’s right to self-determination.