Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Jamaican Deputy FM calls on "Israel to withdraw to its pre-1967 borders"

Excerpts of statement issued on January 9, 2009, by the Deputy Foreign Minister of Jamaica, Dr. Kenneth Baugh;
"The Government of Jamaica is deeply concerned at the recent escalation of the conflict in the Gaza Strip. We recognise Israel's right to protect its citizens. We are, however, alarmed at the disproportionate and excessive use of force displayed by the Israeli government, which has resulted in numerous casualties, including the deaths of hundreds of Palestinian civilians, as well as the destruction of infrastructure. The Israeli military action has exacerbated the already dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip resulting from the blockade by the Israeli government."

"Jamaica further urges all parties to pursue diplomatic efforts in order to ensure the peaceful resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. In this regard, we call for the resumption of negotiations aimed at arriving at a permanent solution that would guarantee the security of Israel and the right of Palestinians to Statehood, in keeping with pertinent Security Council resolutions, in particular 242 (1967) and 338 (1973), that call on Israel to withdraw to its pre-1967 borders."

The full statement can be read at the Jamaican government website.

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