Palestinian Flag to Fly in London Olympics, Says Official

RAMALLAH, April 18, 2012 (WAFA) – British Consul General Vincent Finn Wednesday said that the Palestinian flag will fly alongside the flags of every other participating nation in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics games that will kick off in 100 days.

Finn said in a press conference in Ramallah marking 100 days to go until the London 2012 Olympics that “the Palestinian Olympic and Paralympics athletes have overcome unique obstacles to participate in the London games, and have demonstrated an inspiring unity of purpose, overcoming the difficulty of division that we all hope ends soon.”
He stressed that the Palestinian cause is one that resonates in the United Kingdom, especially at a time when people around the world focus on the principles of the Olympic Truce and the concept of non-violence.
“We strongly hope that a negotiated solution between Palestine and Israel will enable Palestine to one day compete in the Olympics as a full member of the community of nations – enabling Palestinian athletes to compete as their competitors do under the name of their state,” said Finn.
He added that the UK welcomes the work of President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and the Palestinian Authority to develop the capacity to run a democratic and peaceful state, founded on the rule of law and living in peace and security with Israel.
Finn also said that the UK is funding sports clothing for the Palestinian Olympic team and will be working with Palestinian sporting charities over the coming year to ensure that the legacy of London 2012 will be alive in Palestine.
(english.wafa.ps / 25.04.2012)

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