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MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS Senator the Hon. Bob Carr

MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS




MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS Senator the Hon. Bob Carr

MIDDLE EAST PEACE PROCESS

January 21, 2013

Christopher Pyne’s comments on the Middle East peace process yesterday (Sunday, January 20 2013) simply show how extreme the Liberals have become under Tony Abbott.

Mr Pyne directly attacks a joint statement made by me and the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague on January 18. This joint statement calls for an end to settlement activity. It also seeks American leadership on a major effort in 2013 to achieve a negotiated two-state solution with a secure Israel alongside an independent Palestinian state.

The statement further calls on Palestinians to “unite for peace and cease acts of violence against Israel” and to “abide by the terms of the Gaza ceasefire and stop all rocket attacks.”

The Liberal Party attack on this joint statement by Australia and the UK shows they have abandoned support for a two-state solution - because as America and the Europeans have long argued, the spread of settlements undermines it.


 














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