Message of H.E. the President of Sri Lanka
International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
29th November, 2010

On this important occasion to commemorate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, I wish to renew, on behalf of my Government and the people of Sri Lanka, our sincere and unwavering support for the just struggle of the Palestinian people to achieve their inalienable rights, including their right to Statehood.

I have personally associated myself with the Palestinian cause for over thirty years, and it is my conviction that the Palestinians have been denied their basic rights for far too long.  It is in the mutual benefit of both Israel and Palestine that the proximity talks should recommence without further delay.  We therefore take this opportunity to earnestly request the utmost restraint and the cessation of all provocations to ensure the re-establishment of trust and confidence among all parties.  It is hoped that the parties would continue to demonstrate leadership and political courage and keep open the door to peace, the dream of the people of the region, for decades. 

It is peace in Palestine that can pave the way for a stable and peaceful Middle Eastern region.  It is by securing the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including by creating an independent, self sustaining State of Palestine consistent with a negotiated comprehensive solution, that peace and security in the region could be ensured. 

It is the continuing hope of Sri Lanka that this day would arrive soon.


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