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As we just heard in the morning news the General Assembly voted ealry in the morning last night Finnish time, for an observer status the Palestinian Authority at the UN. Finland supported the position. What does this mean, why did Finland support the measure, and where will it lead. We will speak with the three members of the Foreign Affairs Committee , Vice Chairman Pertti Savolainen, members Ilkka Kantola (SDP) and Tom Packalén (True Finns). Good morning.
What does this resolution mean all in all?
Pertti Savolainen: It means many things, but above all it means that the international community has decided that this can’t continue any longer. Israel is builiding illegal settlements, and when this happens it futher hinders the possibility of a two state solution in the future. It becomes even more difficult.
Abbas said last night, he said in earnest that this is the last chance to establish a two state solution sometime in the future. The other matter is that this shows that something has to happen at the negotiating table front. The international community has had it with the situation and, this can’t continue, the settlements are being built illegally, and Israel and Gaza have went at each other over the past couple of years with rockets and killing each other. This can no longer continue like this, we’re tired of the situation and soomething new has to happen.
Are the others of the opinion that the path to a two state solution has reached its end?
Tom Packalén: The result is not the worst thing that could have happened, but I didn’t approve of the decision, we should have refrained from voting yes, like Germany.
Because nothing good will become of it, the Oslo Accords are the model, where they agree that that we shall negiotiate and move forward from here and the Palestinians wouldn’t attempt to achieve that status. The ramifications of the decision of the Palestinians in getting the observer status, it means that the US funding will end to the organization because its law forbids it.
Ilkka Kantola approved of the decision for observer status, why?
Erkki Kantola: I deem it an important step but you have to remember that they approved of the Palestinians’ observer status, it doesn’t mean recognizing it as a member state. What’s in question is Abbas’ side, the moderate side of Palestinians that Abbas governs gained support, that kind of support is what helps the peace process move forward. [unclear] the Hamas is deemed as a terrorist organization, the international community has given Mahmoud Abbas support in this arrangement so that the peace process can move forward.
There are two points of view, one being the United States’, that you can’t by-pass Israel, you can’t by-pass the peace process which was agreed upon in Oslo so you can’t vote for Palestinian observer status, the other point of view, such as Finland’s, which it will lead to a better peace process solution. Tell us more , why you’re of that opinion.
It’s said that the Israeli and palestinian negotiations should be allowed to move forward, well of course if there is supposed to be negotiations there should be to some extent a balance between the both sides, but the Palestinians have no real status, nor do they still, but they are now changing to a position where they have a bit more status than before and more balanced in the future. Now about the United States, it finds it difficult to take a more neutral stance on the Israel-Palestine issue, because they have such an influential Jewish population, which has both money and the media in its hands to a large extent. The U.S. Administration has not dared to venture, due to internal political reasons, enough with this issue. This is terrible truth about U.S. policy.”