Aussie House of Reps discussion on SL conflict
February 5, 2009 Comments Off on Aussie House of Reps discussion on SL conflict
Mr Stephen Smith
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Statement to House on Situation in Sri Lanka
– Over recent weeks and months, the Australian government has consistently stated that its strong view remains that Sri Lanka’s conflict cannot be resolved through military means alone.
– Australia considers a political solution to be essential for longterm peace in a country which has suffered so long from bitter conflict.
– Earlier today I announced that Australia will contribute $5 million in additional humanitarian assistance to those affected in the north of Sri Lanka. This is in addition to the $4 million in food aid Australia recently announced for Sri Lanka through the World Food Program.
– We reiterate our call for a political solution to this conflict. The long-term security and prosperity of Sri Lanka will only be achieved through a political solution that meets the legitimate aspirations of all Sri Lankans.
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Shadow Minister for Infrastruction and COAG
Statement to House
– In my previous role as shadow minister for foreign affairs for the coalition I became acutely aware of this ongoing conflict taking place in Sri Lanka, a civil conflict which has been raging since July 1983 following the most destructive explosion of communal rioting in the history of that island nation—period in Sri Lanka’s history commonly referred to as Black July’.
– The coalition welcomes any well-targeted measures that extend humanitarian assistance to those innocent victims of this conflict and helps facilitate both parties following the path of a sustainable peace agreement.
– The lessons of history confirm that a political solution is the only effective way to end the violence, resolve the conflict and provide a durable peace in Sri Lanka. The coalition joins the Australian government in calling for peaceful resolution to this conflict as soon as possible for the sake of all the citizens of Sri Lanka.
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