The Conservatives and Liberals are calling on the government to vote in favour
of an upgrade to Palestine’s UN status at a General Assembly vote on
““We support a vote in favour. We have been and still are in a dilemma. But
every dilemma has to end and it is important to support Abu Mazen so we
don’t risk him being defeated,” former Conservative foreign minister Per
Stig Møller said on Tuesday. Abu Mazen is the kunya for the President of the
Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas.
Stig Møller added it ‘would not look good if he doesn’t get Western votes’.
Former Liberal development aid minister and current party foreign policy
spokesman Søren Pind agreed, but with a caveat that Denmark should not stand
alone among EU countries.
“We still feel that there should be a plurality of EU nations – not a majority
but a plurality - and we are sure there will be,” Pind said. “Palestine’s
moderate forces need recognition. This should also be seen as a step against
Hamas,” he added.
Stig Møller said it was important that Israel did not misunderstand the move.
“It is vital that Israel understands that this is still a two-state solution.
It is not a recognition of Palestine, but as far as we are concerned it is a
strong call to explain that there must be negotiations that end with a
two-state solution, the former foreign minister said.
Today’s developments are somewhat surprising as when the Conservatives and
Liberals were in government, now Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal (SocPpl)
repeatedly called for the centre-right government to recognise Palestine.
The current government has said that it will decide whether to vote or abstain
on the issue by Thursday at the latest. “We have said that when we have the
text (Ed: of the resolution) we will hopefully be able to vote in favour,”
says Socialist People’s Party Leader and Minister for Business and Growth
In the meanwhile, Vilhelmsen said, discussions continue at the EU level in
order to try to forge agreement among as many countries as possible.
France has already said that it will be voting in favour of the move, while
Israel and the United States have warned against it.
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