(Partly by YLE as source)
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has wisely brushed off the notion that Finland should follow the lead of neighbouring Sweden, where freshly-minted Prime Minister Stefan Löfven said his country would recognise Palestine as a state.
Speaking while attending the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany, President Sauli Niinistö said that Finland holds to the two-state solution, which recognises the rights of both Israeli and Palestinians to statehood.
According to President Niinistö Finland will not be looking to recognise Palestine as an independent state any time soon. Last week Sweden’s new premier Stefan Löfven signaled he’d be prepared to acknowledge Palestine’s sovereignty, however he didn’t indicate when that would happen.
Speaking at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Niinistö said that Finland supports the two-state principle which recognises the right of both Palestinians and Israel to statehood.
He pointed out that this solution required reconciliation between the two nations. “This has been discussed repeatedly. Only after that can we bring up the question of recognition,” Niinistö commented.
The President pointed out that Finland supports Palestine’s special status in the United Nations, and noted that a Palestinian representative office had long held a unique position in Finland.
He stated that Nordic countries tended to treat Palestinians in the same way.....
it is taking diplomacy seriously and don't fall for what
Sweden does, while hoping for a blind Nordic consensus....
For his part, Prime Minister Alexander Stubb told the Parliament Tuesday that recognition of an independent Palestinian state was not on the agenda at the moment.
Prime Minister Stubb’s and President Niinistö’s comments followed remarks by Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, who said Monday that Finland will make its own policy decisions, but pointed out that Nordic countries have traditionally exchanged ideas on issues relating to the Middle East.
Lets not forget that Finland holds a long border towards Russia, and is by far strategically alone when it comes to balancing a sustainable stability, even at the worst of times!
At last but least a few words of thought.
What Hamas want is certainly not a multi faith nation, but a purely Islamic nation of one religion only. Not much different than the IS state we see
in Iraq and Syria.
Endorsing any Hamas matter would be racist supremacy support at best. Palestinian Christians represent a significant minority of 6%, followed by much smaller religious communities, including Druze and Samaritans, who share the same areas.
And lastly lets not forget Palestinian Jews. They existed much before there was any religion by the name, Islam in the traditional Palestinian territories.
Thank god Finland's leaders act cautiously
and try to be fair to all equally.