DHAKA REAFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR INDEPENDENT PALESTINE
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated Bangladesh’s unwavering stance on an independent state for Palestinian people with East Jerusalem as its capital. “Bangladesh joins the international community in reaffirming its unwavering commitment to the realisation of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to an independent homeland, and a sovereign and viable State of Palestine on the basis of 1967 borders, with EastJerusalem as its capital,” she said in a message issued on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People that falls on November 29.
“This day assumes an added significance this year as we observe the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People declared by the UN,” she added. The prime minister said Bangladesh has always been steadfast in its support for the Palestinian people and their struggle for self-determination and statehood. “Bangladesh has also been a part of the international condemnation against atrocities, oppression and systematic killings of innocent civilians, including women and
children, by the occupying Israeli forces during their unwarranted and unjustified military offensive carried out in the Gaza Strip earlier this year,” she said.
Hasina called upon all the parties concerned to make a fresh and pragmatic approach for the resumption of the peace process towards the creation of a viable and independent statehood of Palestine within the two-state solution pursued by the international community.
“Bangladesh reiterates that the occupation of Palestine must come to an end and persecution of the Palestinian people and killing of innocent civilians must stop forthwith,” she said.
NOVEMBER 29, 2014