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PRESS RELEASE
The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs
2 August 2006


The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs today met in emergency session to discuss the ongoing situation in the Middle East, in particular the escalating crisis in Lebanon.

The Joint Committee unanimously agreed a statement which called for an immediate ceasefire in the region and the deployment of sustained humanitarian relief to the people affected by the violence.

The Committee were appalled at the most recent slaughter in Qana over the weekend and affirmed its belief that the taking of civilian life is never lawful.

Speaking at the meeting, the Chairman of the Joint Committee Dr. Michael Woods TD., said that it was not acceptable for Israel to order Lebanese civilians to leave their homes and at the same time bomb the exit roads and the convoys of fleeing civilians. He called on Israel to adhere at all times to the laws governing the conduct of war set out in the Geneva Convention, and for the immediate establishment of a functioning and effective humanitarian corridor to allow relief to Lebanese citizens. Dr. Woods stated that the Committee was sending a clear message to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern supporting him on his efforts to secure agreement in the UN and EU on supporting fresh and reinvigorated multinational efforts under UN mandate, to secure a comprehensive peace in the region.

The full text of the unanimously agreed statement of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs is attached at the base of this press release.



Unanimous statement of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs Unanimous statement of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs


 
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