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Wednesday, 11 December 2002
Page: 7754

Senator ALLISON (Victoria) (3.49 p.m.)—At the request of Senator Stott Despoja, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes the ceasefire agreement signed by Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement in Geneva on 9 December 2002;

(b) expresses sorrow over the many lives that have been lost as a result of ongoing violence between Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement over the past 26 years;

(c) congratulates Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement on their commitment to deal with ongoing issues through peaceful negotiation rather than violent means;

(d) welcomes the Government's initial commitment of support to the international ceasefire monitoring group to implement the agreement; and

(e) urges the Government to continue to provide assistance to the international ceasefire monitoring group, particularly in the lead-up to the provincial elections to be held in Aceh in 2004.

Question agreed to.