Thursday, December 7

Gambia condemns Israeli-Gaza attack

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Taking into cognizance the fact that Palestinians have for long been fighting for their legitimate and inalienable rights for self-determination  for over 75 years without any success; and given the usurpation of their  territories and freedoms by the Occupying Power, the State of Israel, their  situation became so dire that utter desperation resulted in this  unfortunate war in Gaza. 

The Government of The Gambia calls for an unconditional ceasefire and  the release of all hostages to prevent more bloodshed and the proposed  invasion of Gaza which could result not only in more deaths and  destruction but also in forcibly displacing Palestinian citizens in Gaza and  the West Bank and in doing so build more Israeli settlements in those  areas.  

The Government of the Gambia further appeals to the International Community to compel the Occupying Power to abide by the tenets of the Peace process, International Law, International Humanitarian Law and  UN Security Council Resolutions. Failure to do so is bound to prolong the 

conflict, cause further instability and diminish the chances fora resolution  of this conflict. 

The Government of The Gambia, given that Israeli Military aggression is used as an instrument of collective punishment causing huge loss of life, property and injuries on both sides since the occupation of Palestine in  1948, calls for an International Peace Conference for a permanent and  durable solution to this very protracted Palestinian problem. 

The Government of The Gambia considers that: the best option for a  peaceful settlement of this dispute between the two parties is not a  military one but a comprehensive Peace Accord based on the “Two-Party  Solution” guaranteeing both States their legitimate and inalienable rights  to full sovereignty and self-determination. 

The Government of The Gambia, in this context, reaffirms its support for  the Palestinian people to regain their legitimate national rights, as  recognized by the International Community through its recognition of a  State of Palestine within the borders of June 4th, 1967, with Al-Quds Al Shareef as its Capital as indicated in all relevant UN, OIC and AU  Resolutions. 

On behalf of H.E. The President of the Republic of The Gambia Mr. Adama Barrow, The Government and People of The Gambia express  deepest condolences for the tragic loss of life and property on both sides  and wish all those injured speedy recovery and pray that this tragedy  which continues to unfold before our own eyes will soon cease and never  be repeated again.