Bangladesh sees continued Israeli occupation as "root cause" of violence, unrest in Middle East

December 1, 2010 10:23 am 

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 1 — Bangladesh on Tuesday said that "the continued occupation of Palestine is the root cause of violence, unrest and destabilization" in the Middle East region.

The statement came as Mahbub Ara Gini, the member of the Bangladeshi parliament, was speaking at a UN meeting, which entered its second here on Tuesday, to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Officially celebrated on Nov. 29, the International Day marks the anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 181, which attempted to establish an Arab and Jewish state in the region.

"Bangladesh reiterates its long-standing position that the continued occupation of Palestine is the root cause of violence, unrest and destabilization in the region," Gini said. "The people of Palestine have been under the illegal occupation over the last five decades. Their fundamental rights to self-determination and to have a sovereign State remain unrealized."

"The situation in the occupied territories continues to be in a state of despair," he said. "Millions are living in refugee camps in abject poverty, hunger, diseases and malnutrition. Bangladesh is deeply concerned over the continued sufferings of the Palestinian people and the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the occupied territories."

"Israel has continued to violate international humanitarian law, by committing systematic human rights violation against the Palestinian people," he said. "The situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, has remained critical." (PNA/Xinhua)

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