NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement on the announcement of a long-term ceasefire between Hamas and Israel:
“New Democrats welcome the announcement of a long-term ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. This conflict has taken a tragic toll on civilians, especially in Gaza, and now more than ever Canada must focus its diplomatic efforts on helping to achieve a lasting and secure peace.
“The Canadian government should now commit to humanitarian relief and reconstruction assistance to address the critical situation in Gaza. It is crucial that Canada immediately agree to make a funding commitment to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA); work with Britain, Germany, France, Norway, Egypt and others in reconstruction and peacebuilding efforts; and support Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish’s efforts to bring injured Palestinian children to Canada for treatment.
“New Democrats have long been committed to a policy of supporting peaceful coexistence in viable, secure and independent states with agreed-upon borders; an end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian land; and, an end to violence targeting civilians. We will continue our efforts to constructively engage Palestinian and Israeli officials, defend human rights and promote respect for international law.”