July 5, 2012
Sri Lanka says it remains deeply concerned about the suffering and hardships the Palestinian people continue to endure, and the grave situation that persists in the occupied Palestinian territory.
The Sri Lankan delegation at Human Rights Council 20th Session in Geneva said that the government is also profoundly disappointed that no tangible results have been achieved for the two-state solution and the realization of the rights of the Palestinian people.
“Sri Lanka has long advocated the recognition of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, and remains steadfast in its unequivocal support to the people and the Government of Palestine for their just struggle to achieve the right of statehood, within the framework of a sovereign, independent, viable and united State of Palestine, coexisting peacefully alongside Israel,” the Sri Lankan delegation said.
The delegation said that Sri Lanka supports the rights of the Palestinian people to an independent state based on the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and welcome the Palestinian request for full membership of the UN.
“We also recall with profound satisfaction the State Visit of His Excellency Mahmoud Abbas, the President of Palestine to Sri Lanka in April this year. Sri Lanka remains steadfast in its support for the state of Palestine and its people,” the delegation added. (Colombo Gazette)