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The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, December 11, 2023

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The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who until then pleaded for a humanitarian truce, finally said he supports the efforts of the international community for a lasting ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. According to our sources, Canada will vote on Tuesday for a UN resolution to this effect.

In October, Canada abstained from voting on a General Assembly resolution calling for an immediate, lasting and sustained humanitarian truce after failing to amend the resolution to include an explicit condemnation of Hamas attacks in October 7.

We hope that the cessation of hostilities will be restored and we support the urgent efforts of the international community to achieve a lasting ceasefire, reads a joint statement from Justin Trudeau and the prime ministers of Australia, Anthony Albanese, and New Zealand, Christopher Luxon.

The three leaders, who reiterated their unequivocal condemnation of the terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas against Israel on October 7 and insisted on Israel's right to exist and defend itself, reminded the Hebrew State that in defending itself, [it] must respect international humanitarian law. Civilians and civilian infrastructure must be protected.

The price to pay to win Hamas cannot be the continued suffering of all Palestinian civilians.

A quote from From the Joint Statement by the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand

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This statement constitutes a change of tone in the Canadian position, which now goes beyond the call for a humanitarian truce.

On October 7, Hamas carried out an unprecedented attack in Israel, killing 1,200 people, mostly civilians, according to Israeli authorities. Since then, the Israeli army has bombed the Gaza Strip, killing more than 18,200 people, a provisional toll provided by the Palestinian enclave's Ministry of Health.

In a brief statement to the media Tuesday afternoon, Justin Trudeau said he spoke at length with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reiterate Canada's position for a two-state solution.

We deeply believe that we have a lot of work to do with our allies and partners in the region and around the world towards a two-state solution, where Israelis and Palestinians will be able to live in peace, security and prosperity within two states with internationally recognized borders.

A quote from Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

In October, the Prime Minister also defended Canada's commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a position that he had described as firm and unwavering.

His Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, also pleaded for a two-state solution even though there is a lot of skepticism, she admitted.

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