Nigeria reiterates support for Palestine state

Posted on Monday, 26 September 2011 12:49

Nigeria has pledged its continued support for Palestinians right to statehood under the United Nations.

Nigeria’s position on Palestine’s quest for UN membership was made public at the General Assembly in New York last week.

Speaking to journalists, Foreign Minister Olugbenga Ashiru reiterated that Nigeria wants a solution whereby two states, Palestine and Israel, will live peacefully side-by-side.

“It has always been the consistent policy of the government of Nigeria that we prefer a peaceful solution to the problem in the Middle East.

“We prefer a solution whereby two states – Palestine and Israel – will live peacefully side-by-side,” Ashiru told journalists in New York.

As an ally of the United States and Israel, Nigeria takes the position aware that the two countries have foot-dragged in facilitating an independent Palestinian state.

“Our stand and policy is very clear and there is no change in our position,” Ashiru said.

Nigeria has recognised the state of Palestine since 1984 and has accommodated an ambassador from the Middle Easte nation since then.

During the 66th UN General Assembly, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas handed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon a formal letter to seeking his country’s admission as a state on September 23.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said only direct negotiations could deliver peace in the area.

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