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Greens support UN Palestinian statehood vote

Media Release
Bob Brown 24 Sep 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has called on Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition leader Tony Abbott to back UN moves to recognise Palestine as a state.

“There is a strong public mood in Australia for the Palestinians to be recognised as a nation and given equal status at the negotiating table for Middle East peace.

Senator Brown has given notice of a Senate motion for Australia to recognise Palestine. The motion to be voted on by the Senate in the next sitting is:

That the Senate:

(a) notes the asseveration of the Prime Minister (Ms Gillard) that, in the issue of relations between Palestine and Israel, ‘direct negotiation is the only true path to peace’;
(b) recognises that negotiations are most likely to succeed if they are between equals; and
(c) backs the United Nations initiative for recognition of Palestine as a member state.


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