Key needs to raise plight of Gaza on world stage
19 November 2012
Key needs to raise plight of Gaza on
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key should
use any opportunity he gets to talk to President Barack
Obama to raise the plight of civilians in Gaza, the Green
Party said today.
John Key and Barack Obama are both
attending a dinner to start the East Asia Summit being held
in Phnom Penh. President Obama has warned against any
incursion by Israel's forces into the Gaza Strip.
United States, as Israel’s closest ally, is one of the few
countries with the ability to influence current events in
the Middle East,” said Green Party global affairs
spokesperson Dr Kennedy Graham.
“Any Israeli ground
attack will mean huge civilian casualties and suffering for
those living in Gaza.
“New Zealand is a country that
believes in working for peaceful solutions to conflicts and
should do all it can to prevent an Israeli ground assault on
“New Zealand should also push for Israel to
immediately cease its air bombardment on Gaza.
humanitarian front New Zealand needs to look at ways it can
channel aid to the civilian population of Gaza,” said Dr
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