RESOLUTION ON EAST JERUSALEM AS CAPITAL OF PALESTINE

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Representatives of the Sri Lanka Committee for Solidarity with Palestine (SLCSP), Sri Lanka – Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Association (SL-PFA) and Sri Lankan Journalists for Global Justice (SLJGJ) and the peace loving people of Sri Lanka are anxiously following the recent alarming developments regarding Jerusalem with a sense of urgency. In view of the violations and provocations against Jerusalem’s, legal, political and historic status and the rights and lawful national aspirations of the Palestinian people to self determination.
The extremely regrettable declaration by the United States President Donald Trump, of America’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and the US decision to move its embassy to the city, is in direct contravention of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Laws, a host of UN Security Council resolutions and longstanding international consensus on Jerusalem and a just and comprehensive peace based on the two-state solution. The move will heighten tensions and there is a real risk of destabilization of peace with far reaching consequences across the Middle Eastern region.
Standing within the ranks of other world leaders who have firmly condemned this move, we are emphatic in our rejection of this provocative decision by the US President.
The global consensus on Jerusalem is clear and unambiguous. International law and the relevant Security Council resolutions including inter alia resolution 478 (1980) which rejected Israel’s attempts to forcibly annex East Jerusalem or take any action seeking to alter the character and status of Jerusalem as a violation of International Law and UNSCR 2334 (2016), must be upheld and respected.
This change in policy is in direct violation of the US letter of assurances to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (1993) in which the US committed to not recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
As President Mahmoud Abbas noted, Donald Trump’s decision effectively disqualifies the United States from its role as mediator in the conflict and puts it squarely in the position of bias towards Israel and hostile against Palestinian rights and in direct contravention of international law.
In light of these developments, we resolve to;
1) Call upon the President of the USA and his administration to declare that the status of Jerusalem cannot be unilaterally altered or determined by any one state and this decision by US must be rescinded.
2) Call upon the United Nations, its Security Council and other agencies to take quick and effective measures to implement all resolutions regarding Palestine which call for two state solutions; and to take steps to ensure the safety and physical security of the Palestinian people; and to ensure their right to self determination.
3) Call upon the Sri Lankan Government to disassociate itself unequivocally with the latest position of the United States on the status of Jerusalem and use its good offices to promote a peaceful resolution of the Palestinian issue to facilitate guarantees of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people while securing peace and security in the West Asia region. Since Sri Lanka has already recognized the State of Palestine, we also call on the government to recognize East Jerusalem as the Capital of Palestine.
4) Call upon the public, political parties and civic organizations in Sri Lanka to redouble their efforts in solidarity with the Palestinian people’s legitimate struggle for a homeland until their final victory.
Conclusion
Recognize the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as the capital calling for peace, stability and prosperity.


“ History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people,” Martin Luther King, Jr.



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