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Irwin backs Lebanese govt peace plan.



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Irwin Backs Lebanese Govt Peace Plan Labor member for the Sydney seat of Fowler, Julia Irwin has spoken out in support of the peace plan proposed by Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Faoud Siniora.

Speaking after meeting with a group of concerned Lebanese-Australians, Mrs Irwin told the parliament that a just and lasting peace will only come from proposals such as that of the Government of Lebanon.

“After 28 days of war, the situation on the ground can only be described as a humanitarian disaster but the western world seems to have its own agenda when it comes to calling for peace.

“What is needed right now is an immediate and unconditional ceasefire. Israel must stop its bombing and Hezbollah must stop firing rockets into Israel.

“Critical to peace is the immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces to the blue line and the earliest repatriation of those displaced by the conflict. International assistance will be desperately needed to rebuild Lebanon but to address the root cause of the conflict, a just peace will require the return of lands illegally occupied by Israel since 1967 including the Shebaa Farms,” Mrs Irwin told Parliament.

- 10th August 2006