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article imageGreen Party Seeks Buffer Zone and Stabilization Plan in Gaza

By Bob Ewing     Jan 13, 2009 in Politics
The Green Party of Canada is calling for an immediate cessation of the violence and for negotiations to begin between all parties to establish a comprehensive stabilization plan and buffer zone around Gaza.
The Green Party is calling for an immediate cessation of the violence in Gaza and for leadership from "The Quartet" (U.S., Russia, E.U., U.N.) to begin negotiations with all parties to establish a comprehensive stabilization plan and buffer zone around Gaza.
Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May said, "It is time for political leaders in the region and from influential nations outside the region, to seriously collaborate in ending a tragedy that is a lose/lose proposition for everyone regardless of any perceived short-term gains."
Stage One of a Gaza Area Stabilization Plan would include:
1. An immediate end to all hostilities and the establishment of a sustainable cease-fire arrangement.
2. The deployment of U.N. Peace-Making forces within a Neutral Buffer Zone who assume the responsibility for ending missile attacks on Israel using a combination of political, policing and technical means and methods.
3. The establishment of a Green Economic Development Area and Agricultural/Water Research Institute at the Egyptian/Gaza border which would be developed in collaboration with the Egyptian government - the initial stage would be on the Egyptian side - and with long-term financial and technical support from the international community.
4. Increased support for primary and secondary education infrastructure and resources as well as significantly enhanced medical and psychological treatment capacity.
5. Re-opening border crossing points under U.N. oversight to allow continuous access of humanitarian supplies into Gaza.
Green Party of Canada International Affairs Critic Eric Walton added "because of the intense and chronic nature of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict it is likely that a sustainable peace process will require a multi-track approach that simultaneously addresses state security, economic development, environmental protection and human security concerns."
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