Statement on the situation in the Middle-East

It is deplorable, and absolutely unacceptable for any state or nation to attack a humanitarian aid effort. I call on the Prime Minister to add the Government of Canada's voice to the growing international call for an independant inquiry into the recent events involving the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

This violence should underline the urgent need for the end of the blockade of Gaza, which has imposed terrible hardship on innocent Palestinians, and served only to further inflame the conflict.

Too many families, on both sides, have suffered tragic losses, for far too long. We need the international community to come together and bring about a peaceful resolution which allows both Israelies and Palestinians to co-exist in viable independant states.