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

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Is the tide turning? Canada voted Tuesday, along with 152 other states, for a UN General Assembly resolution calling for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau openly supported a “sustainable” end to the fighting in a joint statement with his Australian and New Zealand counterparts.

The resolution was adopted by 153 votes in favor, 10 against (including Israel and the United States), and 23 abstentions from 193 member states, while an American amendment called for the addition of a condemnation of Hamas' abominable terrorist attacks on October 7 was rejected.

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

Canada joins an international call for a humanitarian ceasefire. We did so in a joint statement with Australia and New Zealand earlier today. We said it again this afternoon at the UN, said Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, at a press briefing in Ottawa.

Ms. Joly, however, insisted that Hamas had to lay down its arms.

We are not naive. It cannot be a unilateral ceasefire. Hamas continues to hold hostages. He uses civilians as shields and continues to attack Israel. The hostages must be released immediately.

A quote from Mélanie Joly, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs

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We must recognize that what is happening before our eyes will only increase the cycle of violence. This will not lead to the defeat of Hamas and the threat it poses to Israel, added Ms. Joly, repeating the terms of the press release from the prime ministers of Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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 , could we read in the joint statement made earlier Tuesday by Justin Trudeau, Anthony Albanese and Christopher Luxon.

The Prime Ministers of Canada, Australia and New Zealand, 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 themselves, reminded the Jewish State that in defending itself, [it] must respect international humanitarian law. Civilians and civilian infrastructure must be protected.

The price of defeating Hamas cannot be the continued suffering of all Palestinian civilians.

A quote from Excerpt from the Joint Prime Ministers' Statement from Australia, Canada and New Zealand

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.

Ottawa's decision in this matter has repercussions all the way to the House of Commons and reflects differences, even within Justin Trudeau's liberal family.

As long as there are hostages, I am of the opinion that we must give Israel room to defend itself, declared PLC MP David Lametti.

The leader of the Bloc Québécois remains skeptical about the means of declaring this ceasefire. If there are no means to implement a ceasefire, it makes no sense, according to Yves-François Blanchet.

It’s an exercise in style with language, said the neo-democrat Alexandre Boulerice. What we asked for from the start was a ceasefire. I hope it's a step in the right direction, but I wouldn't like Mr. Trudeau to just play on words, he added.

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 which he described as firm and unwavering.

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

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