Green Party calls for urgent action to move forward with a UN peace force in Lebanon, as ceasefire stands in danger
Green Party Principal Speaker Keith Taylor said: "The current fragile ceasefire is the only route we have to move forward, as such it must be protected fiercely. Israel's raid on Saturday, was in violation of the UN brokered cessation of hostilities, and threatens to plunge the area into further crisis.
"Military might will never bring an end to the situation in the Middle East. Over a thousand people have been killed in the recent conflict, most of them civilians. It has to be recognised that concessions need to be made on all sides to deliver a just and sustainable solution.
"Both Israel and Hizbullah must ensure that the humanitarian efforts urgently needed to help the civilian population in Lebanon can proceed without interference. The international community must ensure that aid supplies that are desperately needed in Lebanon are provided and can be distributed. Civilians have borne the brunt of this conflict for too long."
"The international community must also ensure that UN Resolution 1701 is workable. This means ensuring sufficient troops are on the ground in Lebanon to act as a capable peace keeping force.
"Sadly, Britain is not in the best position to provide credibly neutral forces - Blair's overt decision to take sides on this conflict means we are a party to the dispute, whilst our recent history in the area also undermines the role any of out troops could play on the ground - the local population are not likely to have much faith in us as non partisan peace keepers."
"Peaceful measures are the only way to bring about a fair and lasting ceasefire in this deeply troubled region - Lebanon may be the most recent flash-point, but there is a backdrop of instability and violence elsewhere in the region.
"Israel's oppression of the Palestinians must stop; an independent and viable Palestinian state must be established, within the framework of a two state solution.