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Death of Captain Peter McCarthy in Lebanon



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SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

DEATH OF CAPTAIN PETER MCCARTHY IN LEBANON

THE FEDERAL O P P O S IT IO N EXPRESSES I T S DEEP REGRET AT THE DEATH IN LEBANON OF C A P T A I N P E T E R MCCARTHY AND CONVEYS I T S SYMPATHY TO c a p t a i n Mc Ca r t h y ' s f a m i l y .

c a p t a i n Mc Ca r t h y was k i l l e d by a l a n d m i n e w h i l e on d u t y w i t h t h e

U N IT E D N A T IO N S TREATY S U P E R V I S I O N ORGANISATION IN THE IS R A E L I DECLARED SECURITY ZONE IN SOUTHERN LEBANON,

c a p t a i n M c C a r t h y s e r v e d , a s h a v e o t h e r A u s t r a l i a n s e r v i c e

P E R S O N N E L , IN LEBANON IN AN E F F O R T TO E S T A B L I S H AND MAINTAIN

PEACE IN THAT TRAGIC COUNTRY.

WHILE THE GOVERNMENT HAS SCALED DOWN THE DEGREE OF AUSTRALIAN INVOLVEM ENT IN THE U N I T E D N A T IO N S M ID D L E E A S T P E A C E K E E P IN G

F O R C E S , I T SHOULD BE R E C O G N IS E D THAT A U S T R A L I A DOES HAVE AN

I N T E R E S T IN THE PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF THE C O N FLIC TS BESETTING THE REGION.

AS A R ESPO N SIBLE DEMOCRACY I T HAS AN OBLIGATION TO HELP , SO FAR AS IT CAN, IN SUCH A RESOLUTION.

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