As European Countries prepare to recognize the Palestinian State Zambia is urged to Respect Barotseland's Right to Self-Determination.

19 November 2014
Palestinians wave their national flag as they celebrate their successful bid for UN non-member observer state status in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 2, 2012.

The UN general assembly recognized Palestine in 2012 as a non-member observer state, paving the way to a wider official recognition from European states.

British MPs have started debating a symbolic motion on whether to recognize the Palestinian state. Britain’s current policy towards the issue is that it "reserves the right to recognize a Palestinian state bilaterally at the moment of their choosing, and when it can best help bring about peace."

In his opening remarks, Labour MP Grahame Morris, who tabled the backbench Commons motion, said Palestinian statehood recognition "is not an Israeli bargaining chip, it is a Palestinian right". The Labour MP told his peers they have a "historic opportunity to take a small but symbolically important step" by voting in favour of the motion.


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

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