Vårt anförande avseende situationen i Mellanöstern

Dear Mr. President,
Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,

On 28 January the Riksdag arranged a current affairs debate on the situation in Gaza. All political parties were represented. This debate shows the concern and willingness of the Riksdag to discuss and highlight important international issues in the Chamber.

A viable independent Palestinian State within secure and recognised borders must be created, living side by side with Israel in peace and security. Gaza and the West Bank must be united. But the isolation of Gaza must cease so that international humanitarian assistance can start immediately to create conditions for the people living in Gaza to dramatically improve their lives. Relevant UN Security Council resolutions must be respected and implemented. The Arab Peace Initiative might play a role in the future.

We also need a reconciled Palestinian partner and Israeli commitments not to destroy what is going to be rebuilt with the support of the international community.

Reconciliation is crucial for the future to achieve peace and security, not only in a Palestinian State but also in the region as such. The conflict in Gaza has seriously affected not only the countries involved but also the stability in the whole region. We therefore support the Egyptian mediation efforts. We would also like to emphasise Turkey’s increased importance and activities in the region from a geopolitical aspect and attach hope regarding the facilitating role of Turkey in the Middle East.

An enhanced dialogue is vital to achieve peace and security, prosperity and sustainable development in the Middle East as a whole. The dialogue is not only about communication, it is about building networks within and in between countries and people. It is a question of mutual benefit, and in the long run, survival for all.

I would like to end my statement by quoting one of the world’s most famous scientists, Mr. Isaac Newton, who very eloquently described the challenge more than 300 years ago:

We build too many walls and not enough bridges

Thank you!

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