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Wednesday, 21 September 1983
Page: 1043

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of we the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That we completely support the statement made by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Bill Hayden, in his call for support for the right of all Central American countries to live in peace and security, free from outside interference.

That we support the statement by Mr Hayden that military action will not solve the problem of Central America and is not conducive to reform and reconciliation . We applaud the Minister's statement that the Nicaraguan revolution stands for principles which have received wide international support.

That we support the call by the Governments of Mexico, Columbia, Venezuela and Panama for the withdrawal of all foreign military advisers and bases from Central America, a freeze on arms buildups and the creation of demilitarised zones.

That we regard the 6 point peace proposal made by the Nicaraguan Government as a positive initiative that should receive the active support of all democratic peoples.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray:

That the Australian Government actively urge upon the Government of the United States of America a readiness to genuinely work towards the achievement of a peaceful settlement of Central American issues along the lines proposed by the Governments of Nicaragua, Mexico, Columbia, Venezuela and Panama.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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