Slovakia wasn’t going to step on anyone’s toes in today’s UN General Assembly vote to establish Palestine as an independent state and so was among the 41 countries to abstain, while almost three quarters of the assembly voted in favour (138 for, 9 against).
The statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads as follows:
On 29 November 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution upgrading the Palestinian status from observer entity to non member observer state. Slovakia abstained during the vote.
Slovakia supports the idea of independent Palestinian state living side by side in peace with the Jewish State. At the same time, Slovakia is of the view that achieving full statehood for Palestine should come as a result of peace process, not as its beginning. The issue of statehood has its internal logic and often complicated sequence. The United Nations decisions should serve as confirmation of negotiated solutions.
The voting position of Slovakia is not to be linked with the current situation and realities on the ground in the occupied Palestinian territories. It does not mean Slovakia is retracting from condemning continued expansion of illegal Israeli settlements or unilateral steps of both sides of the conflict. Slovakia strongly condemns all forms of violence, terrorism and abuse of human rights. The result of the vote also means responsibility for the representatives of both sides to actively contribute to the resolution of the conflict in the Middle East by peaceful means.
We believe, only a negotiated solution can lead to stability, prosperity and lasting peace between both nations. Our interest is in a final solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which can be achieved only through bilateral talks, which we urge both parties to commence without delay.
If I get to sell my image rights and get a royalty payement on each bog roll, then no problem for me .
Money, Money , Money !!!!!
Well done Slovakia. That’s the best idea. If that area was left alone there would be peace. Israel can not afford its military without subsides and in a few years the Palestinians will out breed the Israelis in Israel and vote for peace.
It is unfortunate that Muhammads flying donkey stopped here while time traveling and promised the land to the Muslims. But that’s religion for you.
Do you know for years I hoped the the Israel`s just bulldozed Gaza and the Palestinians into the sea ……..would have saved us all a lot of grief, if they had .
Ric, with all honesty, if Muhammads flying donkey stopped anywhere in europe while time traveling as you said, it was 1000 miles Northwest from SVK -in your homeland.
Jurki , Where do you think the 400,000 Slowvak national,speaking Roma come from …? Also found in Bulgaria, Rumania, Hungary etc .
Did you have a hot summer for a few years in Central Europe then ?
What a dope ???
juraj I meant in Jerusalem, not Slovakia. The Muslims in UK originally came to work in the textile industries, which were being out competed because of long term lack of capital investment. The Pakistani disporia worked for less and were easy to push around.
I was thinking once of producing a toilet paper called `Made in Slowvakia` . Picture of a typical Slowvak on each paper sheet, …..big sticky out ears, huge nose,a face that looked like God made him as ugly as he could, and then hit him in the face with a shovel …….
What about the infamous typical English teeth? You know the ones that make you wonder about your ancestry and crossing species boundaries?
Do you have teeth like that George?
I heard the story starts with the Vikings taking all the Anglo-Saxon women…
Yea, all the better to eat you with `oggie .
teeth are just as bad here in the older generation.
Georgina, don’t you want to mention your homeland government’s opinion about the Palestinian vote ???
A toilet paper with the face of Tony Blair was already on the market .
..and yours will be next 🙂