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McGuinness - Israeli onslaught in Lebanon must be brought to an end

30 July, 2006


Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP has called on the White House and the British government to use their influence with the Israelis to secure an immediate ceasefire. He was speaking after the killing of 54 Lebanese civilians, including 37 children, by Israeli forces in the southern village of Qana.

Mr. McGuinness said:

"In the last fortnight more than 600 people have been killed in the Middle East, the vast majority Lebanese civilians. The killing of 54 people in Lebanon this morning, including dozens of children marks a new low. There must be a swift response from the International Community. There is a particular responsibility on the US and Britain, as allies of the Israeli authorities. The failure of the US to call for a ceasefire for nearly a fortnight and their undermining of the role of the UN have cost the region dearly. They must use their influence with the Israelis to secure an immediate ceasefire.

"Our thoughts are with all those who have been killed in the last few weeks. All efforts must be on securing a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon."ENDS

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