Canada abstains from vote on UN General Assembly resolution on admitting new members to the United Nations

Canada abstains from vote on UN General Assembly resolution on admitting new members to the United Nations
Canada abstains from vote on UN General Assembly resolution on admitting new members to the United Nations

May 10, 2024 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

Today, Global Affairs Canada issued the following statement:

“In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 181 and agreed that the only viable solution for peace in the Middle East was the creation of 2 states. However, 75 years later, this vision has still not materialized.

“Canada’s position on issues relating to Israel and Palestine remains guided, as it always has been, by our historic and unwavering commitment to a 2-state solution.

“The date of October 7, 2023 will forever be engraved in our memories. That day, Hamas killed more than 1,200 people, kidnapped more than 240, and committed brutal acts of sexual violence. Canada unhesitatingly condemned this Hamas attack and called for the release of the hostages, which it has continued to do ever since.

“Since October 7, thousands of Palestinian civilians have been killed in the military conflict that followed that tragic day. Nearly 2 million people have been displaced and even more now face imminent famine. The scale of the humanitarian crisis is catastrophic.

“Canada deplored the loss of all these lives.

“An immediate humanitarian ceasefire is urgently needed. The hostages must be freed. Rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian assistance must be provided to civilians. Israel must refrain from carrying out military operations in Rafah, which are already having devastating humanitarian consequences.

“Canada’s approach to this crisis has been guided by several principles:

  1. Israel has the right to exist and defend itself, in accordance with international law.
  2. The Palestinian people must be able to exercise their right to self-determination.
  3. The protection of civilians is paramount and constitutes a strict requirement of international humanitarian law.

“As the General Assembly considers granting additional privileges to the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations and recommending that the Security Council reconsider granting Palestine full membership in the United Nations, the Prospects for lasting peace are bleaker than ever.

“Canada has decided to abstain from voting on the General Assembly resolution in response to efforts to prevent the establishment of a 2-state solution.

“The Netanyahu government has made it clear, both in its words and in its actions, that it rejects the 2-state solution. Illegal settlements and settler violence in the West Bank are increasing at an alarming rate, often with impunity. We believe that we must continue to progress towards the self-determination of Palestinians.

“At the same time, Hamas still controls areas of Gaza – an essential part of the territory of the future Palestinian state. He continues to hold hostages and has still not laid down his arms or renounced his violent opposition to the existence of Israel. The entire Palestinian population deserves to be led by a legitimate and representative government, which cannot include the participation of a terrorist organization.

“It is clear that we urgently need to establish a credible path to the 2-state solution, one that gives Palestinians and Israelis hope that they can live side by side in peace , security and dignity. This process cannot indefinitely delay the creation of a Palestinian state. Canada is prepared to recognize the State of Palestine at the most appropriate time for the establishment of lasting peace, not necessarily at the final stage of the process.

“We will also continue to support efforts for regional peace and stability. We will maximize pressure on Hamas and the Iranian regime, including through sanctions. We will impose sanctions on extremist settlers, support the strengthening of the Palestinian Authority and the introduction of reforms in favor of Palestinians. Furthermore, we are committed to supporting the recovery and reconstruction of Gaza in the context of lasting peace.

“The solution must also be regional in scope and include Israel’s full integration into the Middle East. Canada will continue to work with the international community and keep at the center of its efforts the need for long-term security guarantees for Israel.

“We must redouble our efforts to fully realize the vision first articulated by the General Assembly in 1947. We owe it to the people of Israel and Palestine, who deserve a better future and lasting peace. »



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