Canada tries to end annual UN ritual

Sunday, December 04, 2005 | 
In an effort to change its policy of voting against Israel, Canada voted against three of the multitude of anti-Israel resolutions annually introduced at the United Nations in December. Israeli officials and Canadian Jewish leaders were pleased. “We’re thankful the Canadian government has rethought some of its attitudes,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said. Canada questioned the language of resolutions that “seems to suggest that it is only Israel that has obligations,” as well as the use of “emotive and provocative language in place of the straight facts,” Canada's deputy UN ambassador Gilbert Laurin said. Canada joins the United States and a handful of other countries in its opposition to resolutions concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict renewed by Arab states at this time of year. In the past, Canada generally abstained or even supported these resolutions, as Europe does.

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