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Wednesday, 24 August 1983
Page: 137

To the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia.The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully sheweth:

In view of the increasing level of violence and the escalation of (officially admitted US-sponsored covert and overt attacks against the people of Central America, particularly directed against Nicaragua, and noting the political solution proposed by the governments of France and Mexico to the civil war in El Salvador,

Therefore we humbly request that the government of the Commonwealth of Australia:

1. Recognise the Democratic Revolutionary Front/ Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FDR/FMLN) of El Salvador as a representative political force,

2. Support, in any way possible, the call of the FDR/FMLN for a ''direct dialogue [with the government junta] without previous conditions, based on establishing peace and social justice in El Salvador,''

3. Support in the United Nations (and other international forums) the initiatives of the government of Nicaragua for ''direct negotiations with the United States government based on mutual respect and recognition of [the] right to self-determination'' to resolve the military conflict in the region,

4. Extend economic and humanitarian aid without strings to the governments of Nicaragua and Grenada for the purpose of economic and social reconstruction,

5. Place all possible pressure on the government of the United States to unconditionally withdraw all US military forces and facilities in the region, to end its support for anti-Nicaraguan forces in Honduras and Costa Rica, and to end all aid to the Salvadoran junta.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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