Australia should call for Gaza ceasefire immediately


The Australian Greens are deeply worried about the civilian death toll in Israel and Palestine, and urge both sides of the conflict to put down their weapons and respect a ceasefire.

"The human suffering is too great and the continued recourse to violence has done nothing for peace," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

"We support a two-state solution and urge the Government to support Palestine's bid for a UN non-member statehood status.

"Now that we have a seat at the UN Security Council, Australia needs to step up to this role and take a more considered and independent position. Calling for a 'de-escalation' is not enough - a ceasefire is what is needed."