SVG STATEMENT ON PALESTINIAN KILLINGS

The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has condemned the killing of over sixty Palestinians, including an eight-month-old baby, and the injuring of hundreds more, by the Israeli Defence Forces, on Monday May 14th, in Palestinian territory.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here said it is shameful that some allies internationally are seeking to defend the actions of the Israeli authorities. It said in doing so, the Israelis and their allies are making a mockery international law, human rights, and their claim to be acting on some yet to be discerned high principle.

It said the unnecessary and unjustifiable brutality cannot be justified, and the indiscriminate shooting of the Palestinians happened while the new U.S. Embassy was being opened with disdain for settled international opinion. The statement said Israel has long flouted international law with impunity, and successive U.S. administrations have permitted or even facilitated it.

The statement added that human decency demands that this illegal behavior must stop. It noted that the International Court of Justice and the United Nations General Assembly have strongly denounced Israel’s disregard and breaches of international law.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said St. Vincent and the Grenadines has diplomatic relations with both Israel and the State of Palestine, and is keen on the realization of a two-state solution rendered through meaningful dialogue between the Israelis and Palestinians. It said there will be no peace until both nations live side-by-side within secure borders.



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