29 June 2016, Geneva; “There is generation of Palestinian children growing up today, having known nothing but violence. Injustice and oppression sow the seeds of hatred and makes possible the spread of extremist sentiment” stated the Minister of Foreign Affairs Her Excellency Ms. Dunya Maumoon today.
The statement was delivered in her address at the UN International Conference in support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace “Peace is possible – frameworks for a way forward" being held in Geneva on 29 and 30 June 2016. The Maldives reiterated its strong and unwavering support for the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people, and recalled to remain convinced of the two-state solution based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine.
Minister Dunya in her statement, also stated that ‘we have repeatedly called for an end to the long years of occupation, spanning more than seven decades… the years and years of discontent, violence, aggression, and repeated suffering have clouded and blocked out any hope of peace, any prospects of stability, to the point where we have lost sight of the only aspect that matters in this situation: the people.”
In the statement, Maldives noted that if peace is to be sustainable, it must be rooted in mutual respect between people, as well as respect for their needs, aspirations, and fundamental rights. Minister Dunya also condemned the systematic violations carried out by Israel, the occupying power.
Before concluding the statement, the Minister expressed the Maldives support to the cause, and stated that the Maldivian people stands with the people of Palestine.
The Maldives remains fully committed to the Palestinian cause, and has at many occasions made statements at the international fora. The conference will continue for two days, and is organised by United Nations Palestinian Rights Committee will convene the United Nations International Conference in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace at the United Nations Office at Geneva . It was also attended by Mr. Nabil Shaath, Member of the Fatah Central Committee, former Foreign Minister, and Chief Negotiator.