President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has expressed Sri Lanka’s firm and unwavering support for the Palestinian people on the celebration of the International Day of Solidarity, observed annually on November 29 at the United Nations.
“It is a significant event that serves to focus attention on the plight of the Palestinians in the occupied territories and their struggle to realise their legitimate rights and aspirations,” she said in a message to mark the occasion.
The full text of the message is as follows:
Message from Her Excellency Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People November 29, 2001
The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People observed annually on this day at the United Nations, is a significant event that serves to focus attention on the plight of the Palestinians in the occupied territories and their struggle to realise their legitimate rights and aspirations.
On this occasion, I wish to reiterate unequivocally Sri Lanka’s firm and unwavering support for the people of Palestine in their continuing struggle under President Yassar Arafat’s leadership to achieve their inalienable rights, legitimate aspirations and yearning for statehood.
Consistent with this policy, Sri Lanka has accorded formal recognition to a State of Palestine. It is deeply gratifying to note that there is growing international recognition of the urgent imperative to end occupation and establish a Palestinian State as a just and durable basis for peace in the region.
I am profoundly saddened by the grave escalation of violence in the occupied territories and the consequent heavy loss of life, widespread injury and destruction of property. I wish to convey my deepest sympathies and condolences to all those who continue to endure this traumatic experience. It is my fervent hope that the current initiatives to end violence and resume the peace process will bear fruit resulting in a lasting peace in the region.
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