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Gaza ceasefire

November 22, 2012

The Australian Government welcomes the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel which commenced at 6:00am AEDT today.

Australia urges all sides to adhere to the terms of the ceasefire. It will be particularly important that there be no return to rocket fire from Gaza.

Australia commends Egypt’s leadership role in brokering this agreement, supported by the efforts of the United States, United Nations Secretary General and other regional countries.

The intervention of Egyptian President Morsi is a welcome demonstration of Egypt’s regional leadership.

Recent events highlight the importance of a durable solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Australia reiterates its call on both sides to resume negotiations towards a two-state solution comprising an independent Palestinian state with agreed borders alongside a secure Israel.

Australia condemns the terrorist attack on a bus in Israel on November 21, which injured more than 20 people, and expresses sympathy to those affected by the attack.

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2 Comments
  1. November 27, 2012 9:32 pm

    Thank you Senator Carr for steering Australia in the right direction in regards to the Palestinian resolution in the UN.

  2. Adam permalink
    December 4, 2012 5:21 pm

    Mr Carr,

    The Palestinian maneuver in the UN violates the Oslo Accords. Why did you abstain rather than vote “no”?

    Israel building in the E1 area was specifically agreed upon within the Oslo Accords. Why do you condemn Israel for adhering to the agreement?

    I am aware that you have a background in journalism; please be aware that the media do not have a good grasp on the facts or on the legality of actions in the Middle East and cannot be relied upon. For example they claim that E1 would make a contiguous Palestinian state impossible; however a quick look at a map shows this is clearly false.

    I am confident that as you spend more time as Foreign Minister you will be able to gain a true understanding of the situation.

    Sincerely,
    An Aussie in Jerusalem

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