Bangladesh's position on the question of an independent Palestinian state is reiterated
Dhaka, 29 November 2020: President. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated Bangladesh's position in favor of the establishment of an independent, cohesive and sustainable Palestinian state on the basis of the 1967 borders.
In a separate message on the occasion of International Palestine Solidarity Day on Saturday (November 27th), the President and the Prime Minister reiterated Bangladesh's full support for the Palestinian people's right to self-determination, national independence and sovereignty.
In his message, the President said that on International Solidarity Day with the Palestinian people, Bangladesh reiterated its full support for the Palestinian people's right to self-determination. We reiterate our policy position in favor of establishing an independent and sustainable Palestinian state on the basis of a two-state policy, with Al Quds al-Sharif as its capital along the 1966 border with East Jerusalem.
He said that in line with the direction of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and our constitution, Bangladesh has always taken a stand against imperialism, colonialism and racism and supported the people fighting for their rights against them.
He further said that Bangabandhu, in his first address to the UN General Assembly in 1974, expressed his full support for the struggle of the Palestinian people and their right to self-determination at the Second OIC Conference in 1974 and the Fourth Conference in 1973. Bangladesh has been steadfast in this position since independence.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is strongly opposed to the use of force by the occupying forces on the Palestinian people, including women, children and the elderly. The failure of the international community, including the United Nations, is responsible for the plight of the Palestinian people. On this day, Bangladesh is with the international community in favor of Palestine and its territorial sovereignty as proposed by the UN Security Council. We call for the immediate destruction of Palestinian homes and the continued aggression and illegal settlements of the occupying forces.
"We call for an end to this continuing human rights violation by the occupying Israeli forces," he said. The international community must take urgent steps to protect the human rights of the Palestinians and to find a lasting and peaceful solution to this crisis in the light of the UN resolution, the Arab Peace Initiative and the Cartet Roadmap.