The People’s Progressive party (PPP) is keenly following the horrific events that are unfolding along the Gaza border in Palestine which has resulted in the deaths of fifty-five persons thus far and with about two thousand seven hundred injured.
The Party forthrightly condemns the actions that led to the deaths and injuries through the indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli Army.
The situation has been described by Palestinian authorities as a massacre. This is another example of the wanton force used to inflict causalities on the people of Palestine whose basic rights continue to be violated.
The Palestinian people must not continue to be deprived of a homeland and must no longer be made to be hostages in a land that belongs to them. Their quest for freedom can no longer be denied.
The PPP wishes to remind of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 of 1967 which stipulated that the establishment of a just and lasting peace should include the withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.
The Party calls for this resolution to be respected and wishes to restate its position in support for a two-state solution of the Palestinian issue; a solution which has been endorsed by the United Nations and the Global community.
The Party also calls for an immediate end to the current hostilities; for the human rights of the Palestinian people to be respected and for those with influence to assist in bringing a swift and peaceful resolution to the situation.
As a result of the violence being unleashed on the Palestinians, a humanitarian crisis will unfortunately be unavoidable. The United Nations has already alluded to hospitals reports that essential medical supplies, drugs and equipment have already been exhausted and the need for urgent humanitarian funding and improved access to meet these and other existing or emerging needs.
As the situation continues, the PPP also calls on the government of Guyana to support the cause of the Palestinian people and to lend its voice to the rallying cry for an end to the atrocities meted out to them and the illegal and inhuman occupation of their land for the voices of the oppressed must not be ignored.