Saturday, July 4, 2015

Envoys recalled over vote

OTTAWA—Foreign Affairs minister John Baird is temporarily recalling senior diplomats from Israel, the West Bank, and the UN missions in New York and Geneva.
Baird said he wants to get their views on the implications of the UN General Assembly vote yesterday which recognized the Palestinians as a non-member observer state at the world body.

“Canada is deeply disappointed but not surprised by yesterday’s result at the United Nations General Assembly,” he said in a statement today.
“Our government’s position is clear: the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace is through negotiations, not unilateral actions,” Baird stressed.
“To that end, Canada is bringing its heads of missions in Israel and Ramallah, and its permanent representatives to the UN in New York and Geneva, back to Ottawa temporarily to assess the implications of yesterday’s UN General Assembly vote and inform Canada’s response to it.”
In a televised interview with the CBC this morning, Baird said he wants to talk to the diplomats who are closest to the situation.
“I want to get a sense of where we go from here,” he remarked.
The minister said in his statement that Canada will review its whole relationship with the Palestinian Authority.
Canada was among a tiny minority of countries opposing the resolution for which the Palestinians easily won recognition.

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