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Hill welcomes ceasefire in Cambodian confict



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MEDIA RELEASE.... SENATOR ROBERT HILL LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Wednesday, May 1 Canberra 36/91

HTT.T. WELCOMES CEASEFIRE IN CAMBODIAN CONFLICT

The Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Robert Hill, today welcomed the announcement of a ceasefire in Cambodia.

"The news that all four Cambodian factions have accepted an international call for a ceasefire is encouraging," Senator Hill said.

"The Opposition believes it is a positive step in the direction of a final settlement to the tragic conflict in Cambodia.

"We hope the ceasefire will hold and that the factions' agreement indicates a greater willingness by the parties to negotiate a settlement.

"A ceasefire should prove more conducive to talks between the factions and should at least temporarily lessen the suffering of the Cambodian people.

"The Opposition has for some time believed that a ceasefire is the best way for the Cambodian factions to demonstrate co­ operation and their good faith in the peace process.

"In October last year after talks with the UN in New York, I

called for the parties to agree to a ceasefire if they were

genuine in their willingness to move to the next phase of the settlement process.

"I said then that a ceasefire would start the long but essential process of confidence-building between the factions.

"The Hawke Government should now support efforts to maintain the ceasefire.

"The structure of the peace proposal of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Evans, lacks the flexibility to encourage such initiatives.

"Senator Evans should be willing to adapt his strategy and actively encourage and support the maintenance of the ceasefire. "

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Enquiries: Senator Hill or Mark Batistich on (06) 277 3170

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