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Cullen Calls for Ceasefire

Prime Minister Stephen Harper must call for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East or recall Parliament for emergency debate on the issue, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said today.
"A diplomatic solution must be found to this crisis to prevent further bloodshed," Cullen said.

"Mr. Harper can’t continue to follow the Bush administration and ignore how the majority of Canadians want their government to act."

Yesterday federal NDP Leader Jack Layton and Foreign Affairs Critic Alexa McDonough issued a call to Harper to join the rest of the global community in demanding an immediate and unconditional ceasefire to the bloody Lebanese-Israeli conflict.

Cullen said Harper is flouting Canada’s long-standing commitment to humanitarian law and negotiated solutions and his actions are "completely out of sync with Canadian beliefs and values."

Cullen said it is clear to everyone except Harper, Peter MacKay and George Bush that a ceasefire is needed to allow negotiations for a lasting end to the Hezbollah assaults on Israeli targets and Israeli bombardment of southern Lebanon.

"Hundreds of people have died and hundreds of thousands have become refugees," Cullen said. "Mr. Harper’s refusal to back a ceasefire is a disgrace to Canadians and a tragedy for Lebanese and Israelis."