Friday, January 9, 2009


Special Parliament Session On Gaza Next Monday

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 7 (Bernama) -- The Cabinet today agreed that Parliament holds a special session on the Gaza onslaught next Monday, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

The government as well as opposition Members of Parliament had been reported condemning the Israeli aggression and called for a ceasefire and an end to the crisis which began on Dec 27.

The government had also called for an Emergency Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly to address the issue. - BERNAMA

Israel Must Be Forced Out Of Gaza, Says Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 (Bernama) -- Any resolution passed by the Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York Friday morning must ensure that Israel is forced out of Gaza, said Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

While thanking UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the convening of the Special Session which Malaysia and several other countries had urgently called for, Abdullah said the United States should also not oppose whatever resolution that would touch on Israel, which is on a military offensive in the Gaza Strip since Dec 27. - BERNAMA

Israel Should Be Subjected To Sanctions, Says Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today Israel should be subjected to international sanctions because of its brutal onslought on Gaza which had killed many people.

He said the world would be a better and more peaceful place if ethics and morality were given due weight in the conduct of international relations.

"Perhaps, the international community should include outrageous breaches of basic moral standards in the list which must be subjected to international sanctions. The point is, we should shift moral purpose from the sidelines of international conduct to centre stage. The escalating crisis in the Middle East is a case in point. It is absolutely immoral for Israel to continue inflicting upon the people of Gaza an entirely disproportionate and excessive deployment of its military power," Abdullah said. - BERNAMA

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