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Thursday, 2 September 1993
Page: 895


Senator HARRADINE (12.09 p.m.) —I move:

  That the Senate—

    (a)deeply deplores the continuing loss of life caused by the aggression against the sovereign Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, especially by Bosnian Serb forces;

    (b)expresses its dismay at the difficulties the United Nations (UN) is experiencing in protecting the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina;

    (c)calls upon the international community, including the UN, to take decisive action to end the continuing bloodshed and suffering in Sarajevo and elsewhere in Bosnia-Herzegovina;

    (d)welcomes, in this respect, recent progress made at the Geneva peace talks, including the in-principle agreement reached by all parties to the Bosnia conflict, to make Sarajevo a city under UN protection;

    (e)requests that the UN, the United States, the United Kingdom and their European allies take all necessary action, including military action if needed:

      (i)to prevent further slaughter and deprivation in the Sarajevo area,

      (ii)to defend the UN Protection Force in the former Yugoslavia carrying out its mandate, and

      (iii)to protect UN humanitarian relief efforts throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina; and

    (f)commends CARE Australia for its outstanding and courageous relief work in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

It has been agreed that the matter will be put in this way without debate. There will be other opportunities at some stage for honourable senators to debate the issues concerned.   Question resolved in the affirmative.