The Sri Lankan Government today said the country’s vote in favour of the UN resolution on Jerusalem was not a vote against any member State of the United Nations.
Issuing a statement, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Sri Lanka voted in favour of the resolution titled ‘Status of Jerusalem’ submitted by Yemen and Turkey at the tenth emergency special session of the UN General Assembly on December 21.
“The vote in favour of the resolution was on the basis of Sri Lanka’s long held traditional and principled position, which is in keeping with the international understanding that Jerusalem is a final-status issue that must be resolved through negotiations between the two parties on the basis of the relevant UN resolutions, taking into account the legitimate concerns of both parties–Palestinians and Israelis and that Jerusalem should be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian States,” it said.
The Ministry said the resolution reaffirms Sri Lanka’s position and the country’s vote in favour of the resolution was not a vote against any member State of the United Nations.
“Sri Lanka stands by its position that it is only by realizing the vision of two States living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition, with Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and Palestine, with all matters resolved permanently through negotiations, that the legitimate aspirations of both parties and sustainable peace can be achieved.
Therefore, Sri Lanka strongly believes that all parties concerned should work with restraint, and focus on creating conditions for direct and meaningful negotiations that can resolve all final status issues required for a negotiated settlement,” the ministry said.