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Canada's Stand at G8 Meeting Is a Setback for
By Khaled Mouammar
Al-Jazeerah: CCUN, May 30, 2011
Group of Eight leaders had to soften a statement urging Israel
and the Palestinians to return to negotiations because Canada objected to a
specific mention of 1967 borders, diplomats said on Friday.
right-leaning Conservative government has adopted a staunchly pro-Israel
position in international negotiations since coming to power in 2006, with
Prime Minister Stephen Harper saying Canada will back Israel whatever the
Diplomats involved in Middle East discussions at the G8 summit
said Canada had insisted that no mention of Israel's pre-1967 borders be
made in the leaders' final communique, even though most of the other leaders
wanted a mention.
Canada's strong backing for Israel was cited by
diplomats last year as one reason why Canada failed to win a rotating
two-year seat on the United Nations Security Council.
now appears to be endorsing Netanyahu’s hard position of rejecting the 1967
borders, rejecting Jerusalem for two nations, rejecting the right of return,
and rejecting the Palestinians' justified demand to be free, like all
Harper’s ill-considered stand may be viewed by
Israel as supporting its continued occupation and colonization of Palestine
in violation of international law, and could embolden Israel to proceed with
its ethnic cleansing against its own Palestinian citizens to achieve a
“purely Jewish” state.
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