SL Reiterates Commitment to Two-State Solution for Palestine at NAM Ministerial Committee Meeting
January 19, Colombo (LNW): In a statement delivered at the NAM Ministerial Committee on Palestine in Kampala, Uganda, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Ali Sabry, PC, reaffirmed the country’s unwavering support for a just and comprehensive negotiated political settlement to the Palestine issue. Minister Sabry emphasized Sri Lanka’s commitment to the relevant UN resolutions, advocating for two States coexisting based on the 1967 borders.
Addressing the ongoing crisis in Gaza, Minister Sabry expressed deep concern over the hundred days of escalating violence and the tragic consequences, including an unprecedented level of civilian casualties and mass displacement. He underscored the urgent need for unhindered humanitarian aid entry into Gaza to prevent famine, disease, and malnutrition.
As the Chair of the UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices, Sri Lanka continues to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian cause and acknowledges the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to statehood. Minister Sabry welcomed the high priority given by the 19th Summit of NAM to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the broader issue of Palestine.
Expressing dismay over the double standards in the international response to the crisis in Gaza, Minister Sabry called for a united front and a collective voice from the international community to alleviate the humanitarian disaster. He emphasized the importance of prioritizing the safety, dignity, and rights of both Israelis and Palestinians in the pursuit of stable and sustainable peace.
Minister Sabry acknowledged the legitimate security concerns of both Israeli and Palestinian peoples and urged sincere dialogue between both sides to break the cycle of violence. He concluded by echoing the words of the UN Secretary-General, emphasizing the critical importance of ending the ordeal of the people of Gaza and the collective responsibility of the international community to achieve this goal.