Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Sunday expressed grave concern at the rising death toll in the war between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, and has urged that a peaceful solution be urgently reached.
The Prime Minister, speaking at the 80th anniversary conference of his governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), affirmed his government's support for a two-state solution as the only viable outcome of the long-running conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
"Jamaica is consistent in its support for the universal respect and adherence to the principles of international law and respect for territorial integrity and the sovereignty of all nations. We condemn all forms of terrorism and we support the right of nations to defend themselves and pursue their security while preserving the rights of innocent civilians to live in peace and dignity," he said.
Mr. Holness added that his administration is deeply concerned at the rising human cost of the ongoing conflict.
"We welcome the current pause in hostilities. We urge all parties to seek a permanent solution and we remain convinced that this can only be achieved by a negotiated two-state solution enabling the Palestinians and Israelis to live securely in peace and dignity."