Sri Lanka has called on Israel to abandon the proposed West Bank annexation plan.
Delivering a statement at the 44th Session of the Human Rights Council, Dayani Mendis, the Acting Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva said that Sri Lanka took note of the report presented by Michael Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967.
She said that Sri Lanka shared the concerns raised by the UN Secretary General, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices and the Special Rapporteur, on the planned annexation by Israel which would constitute a grave breach of international law, including the UN Charter, relevant Conventions as well as Security Council and General Assembly resolutions.
Further, Sri Lanka noted the concerns raised by the Special Rapporteur that the annexation plan would potentially have negative impacts on the human rights of Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley and lead to forcible displacement of thousands of Palestinians.
Sri Lanka has consistently and steadfastly held the principled position of the legitimate and inalienable right of the people of Palestine to statehood and to the natural resources in their territory.
“While recognizing the legitimate and sensitive security concerns of both the Palestinian and the Israeli peoples, Sri Lanka is of the view that the proposed annexation plan will only contribute to further deepening the crisis and jeopardize hopes of both the Palestinian and the Israeli peoples to achieve real progress towards sustainable peace,” Dayani Mendis said.
Sri Lanka joined the international community in its call on the Government of Israel to comply with international law and abandon the planned annexation and urged all parties to continue the dialogue towards peace.
Sri Lanka reiterated the importance of the early implementation of the UN General Assembly resolutions regarding the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to statehood and the attainment of a two-State solution on the basis of the 1967 borders. (Colombo Gazette)