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Greens Leader's statement on Syria

Media Release
Christine Milne 26 Aug 2013

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne has expressed her horror at the violence in Syria and has urged the international community to work for a diplomatic resolution to the on-going conflict.

"We must first establish the facts which is why the Greens support the Government's call for full access for the United Nations, including weapons inspectors, into Syria. We need to be fully informed so as to avoid Australia and other nations making the same mistakes as in previous conflicts," said Senator Milne.

"We welcome news today that UN inspectors are being allowed to inspect the site of the chemical attacks. Full access by the United Nations and international aid organisations is critical to getting to the truth of the recent horrific chemical attacks. The UN presence will also act as a deterrent to any further such unspeakable atrocities."

"With Australia assuming the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council on 1 September it is our responsibility to work with the international community to pressure Syria and its backers, Russia and China, into engaging in renewed diplomatic efforts and the protection of civilian population in Syria," Senator Milne concluded.

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