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03 June 2010



The Northern Ireland Assembly will hold a special sitting of MLAs tomorrow, 4 June 2010, to discuss the situation in the Middle East.

The debate, which was proposed by MLAs Gerry McHugh and Dr Kieran Deeny, was supported by at least 30 MLAs. Under Standing Order 11 of the rules that govern the Assembly, if the First Minister/deputy First Minister or at least 30 MLAs request a special sitting, the Assembly can be recalled.

The plenary sitting will begin at 2pm and is expected to finish by 3.30pm.


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Notes to Editors:

Motion for Debate on Friday 4 June at 2pm.

Safe Passage to Gaza for the MV Rachel Corrie

That this Assembly, conscious of the presence of Nobel Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire on board the MV Rachel Corrie, calls on Israel to conform with international human rights norms and joins with the British and Irish Governments in condemning the disproportionate actions by Israel earlier this week; recognises that every nation has the right to defend itself but that each nation also has a responsibility to respect and comply with international law; and further calls on Israel to ensure that humanitarian efforts in Gaza are facilitated, that an immediate end to the blockade is effected and that the MV Rachel Corrie is given safe passage to Gaza.

Mr G McHugh
Dr K Deeny

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