Sri Lanka believes in legitimate statehood of Palestine:PM
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says that Sri Lanka believes in the legitimate statehood of Palestine, in a statement with regard to Sri Lanka's position in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
In his statement, the Prime Minister reiterates that the preservation of the rights of the people is important for the assertion of their identity as a distinct people, therefore it is imperative to recognise the legitimate and sensitive security concerns of both parties.
"Sri Lanka stands by its position that it is only by the peoples of Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition, with all matters resolved permanently through negotiations, that the legitimate aspirations of both parties and sustainable peace can be achieved – a truism highlighted by the latest outbreak of hostilities." The statement reads.
It is my sincere belief that the Israeli-Palestinian region is Holy Land that is sacred to people of many faiths from around the world, in fact to all of humanity. As such, I earnestly urge both sides to show restraint and de-escalate hostilities and commence negotiations for a ceasefire, Prime Minister Rajapaksa adds.