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The Palestinian question in a world without ideological direction


That the Sri Lankan state is on a very tight rope with regard to the Palestinian question is plain to see from a recent statement Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva issued with regard to the current turmoil in parts of the Gaza strip, at the 29th session of the Human Rights Council. The statement focused on the ‘deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory.’

The general backdrop to this statement comprise the recent clashes between the Israeli security forces and Hamas militants on the Gaza-Sinai border which claimed scores of civilian lives and caused immense hardships to the inhabitants of the Gaza strip. Among other things, the statement said: ‘We take this opportunity to call for an end to violence and violation of the right to life and dignity of all persons as well as respect for International Law……Diplomacy and political leadership still have immense potential to carry dialogue through to success if pursued diligently having regard to the fundamentals of a Two State solution.’


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