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Friday, 22 December 2017 - 18:47
Foreign Ministry explains SL’s stance on UNGA's Jerusalem vote
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Sri Lanka voted in favour of the resolution titled ‘Status of Jerusalem’ submitted by Yemen and Turkey in their capacity as Chair of the Arab Group and Chair of the Summit of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, respectively.
 
The resolution was taken up at the 10th emergency special session of the UN General Assembly, yesterday (21).
 
The Ministry in a statement said, “This vote in favour of the resolution was on the basis of Sri Lanka’s long-held traditional and principled position, which is in keeping with  the international understanding that Jerusalem is a final-status issue that must be resolved through negotiations between the two parties on the basis of the relevant United Nations resolutions, taking into account the legitimate concerns of both parties – Palestinians and Israelis, and that Jerusalem should be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian States”.
 
The resolution adopted at the tenth emergency special session of the UN General Assembly has reaffirmed this position, and Sri Lanka’s vote in favour of the resolution was not a vote against any member State of the United Nations, the Ministry of Affairs said. 
 
The statement also said, “Sri Lanka stands by its position that it is only by realizing the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition, with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine, with all matters resolved permanently through negotiations, that the legitimate aspirations of both parties and sustainable peace can be achieved”.
 
The Ministry said that Sri Lanka strongly believes that all parties concerned should work with restraint, and focus on creating conditions for direct and meaningful negotiations that can resolve all final status issues required for a negotiated settlement.



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