Morris said a vote in favour of the statehood will send a message that the UK regards both Palestinians and Israelis "as equal in dignity and in rights; not just in death, but in life too".
According to Reuters, Nov 18, 2014, the Spanish lawmakers on Tuesday urged their government, too, to recognize Palestine as a state, albeit only when the Palestinians and Israel negotiate a solution to their long-standing conflict. The symbolic motion, which echoes similar votes last month in Britain and Ireland, was backed by all the political groupings in the house after the ruling People's Party (PP) watered down the wording hours after an attack in Jerusalem.
France is eyeing its own non-binding resolution this month after Sweden's center-left government took the lead by officially recognizing the state of Palestine within days of taking office last month.
Palestine has been recognized as a state by 135 out of UN's 193 member states, most recently by Sweden, which became the first major EU member to do so.
This change of attitude towards Palestine statehood quest by European block to respect the human rights of Palestinian to exist as a sovereign state has come at the right time when Catalonia and Barotseland are soliciting for statehood recognition too. Zambia, therefore, has to live to the dictates of international law and respect the will of the people of Barotseland to self determination. Nothing will constrain the Barotse people from restoring that which rightfully belong to them. To the people of Barotseland, this is time to remain steadfast so that we can pass this stage, the statehood test!
Tukongote Litunga Ni lyetu, Barotseland ki Naha.
By Saleya Kwalombota