|Statement of Sri Lanka on the question of Palestine|
|Tuesday, 01 December 2009 18:14|
UN General Assembly – 64th Session
Statement by Ambassador Palitha T. B. Kohona
I wish to express the sincere appreciation of my delegation to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People for its report contained in document A/64/35. We would also like to thank the Chairman of the Committee, Ambassador Paul Badji of Senegal, for his comprehensive statement on the Committee’s work.
“On the solemn occasion to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, on behalf of the people and the Government of Sri Lanka, I take this opportunity to reiterate our unequivocal and sincere support for the people and the Government of Palestine for their just struggle to achieve their inalienable rights, including the right to Statehood.
We remain deeply concerned about the widespread suffering and hardships the Palestinian people continue to undergo and the grave situation in the occupied Palestinian Territory. We welcome the new efforts and commitments by the international community to reinvigorate the peace process. However, we are disappointed that no tangible results have been achieved towards the two-State solution and the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.
On this Commemorative Day of Solidarity, I wish to recall my association with the cause of the Palestinian people for nearly forty years during which I have advocated the recognition of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and a viable solution to the conflict. I sincerely hope that all peace initiatives that have as their main objective the realization of a two-State solution and the renewed efforts of the international community will enable the speedy creation of a Palestinian State co-existing with Israel in peace, harmony and prosperity”.
For peace to be viable and sustainable in the Palestinian territory, Israel must withdraw from all of the Palestinian Territories, back to the 1967 borders. It must end the economic blockade and siege of the Gaza Strip. The Illegal expansion of settlements and continuation of the construction of the separation wall, changing the demographic character of the Palestinian territory, would only increase tensions and animosities between the two parties to the conflict. The Palestinian Authority needs to continue the implementation of its security plan and make every effort at its disposal to improve law and order.
In conclusion Mr. President, permit me to convey our appreciation to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which has played a vital role in providing essential humanitarian relief and development assistance to the Palestinian population, for sixty years. The work carried out by UNRWA under difficult conditions is commendable. We also wish well, the outgoing Commissioner-General Ms. Karen AbuZayd, who has, over her tenure as Commissioner-General, relentlessly contributed to this worthy cause.
I thank you,