The Palestine Sri Lanka Friendship Society has expressed outrage
The Palestine Sri Lanka Friendship Society has expressed outrage over the reported comments made by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Israel Donald Perera who said that Israel should wage war in Palestine if negotiations are rejected.
Co-President of the Palestine Sri Lanka Friendship Society and Government Minister Ataudha Seneviratne speaking to Daily Mirror online said that no matter what Ambassador Perera had to say, the Sri Lankan government’s stand was to sympathize with the Palestinians and push both sides (Israel and Palestine) for negotiations.
“Anyone can make a statement but the official stand of the government is that we sympathize with the Palestinians,” Minister Seneviratne said.
Meanwhile Co-President and Opposition member Imtiyaz Bakeer Markar said the government should make its stand clear on whether the comment made by Ambassador Perera echoes the sentiments of the Sri Lankan government .
He also noted that with President Rajapakse being the founder of the Palestine Sri Lanka Friendship Society he should take action against the Ambassador for making such irresponsible comments to the media.
“Israel itself had double standards. According to one author who had written that the Israelis had helped the LTTE which assisting the Sri Lankan army so it a joke for a former military official in the caliber of Donald Perera making such statements. The Palestinians want freedom and Sri Lanka has been supportive of that objective,” Bakeer Markar said.
He further noted that obtaining weapons and training from Israel does not warrant supporting the country’s war on Palestine and warned that Sri Lanka stands to be isolated from Islamic countries if such statements continue to be made. (Daily Mirror online)