Thursday, July 19, 2012

Baird Disappointed by Continued UNSC Paralysis / Canada's ambassador expects China to change Syria stance

I think David Mulroney in his CBC interview ( is not being realistic about the prospects of China coming 'round to our perspective on Syria.  In my view they will never support any international action to remove a dictatorship that has lost the confidence of its people.  But I do hope that I am proven wrong about this and that David is proven right.

July 19, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:
"It is with extreme disappointment and deep regret that the world witnessed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) fail the people of Syria yet again today.  The Security Council had the opportunity to finally do the right thing to enforce a plan through binding sanctions that would have sent a clear message to Assad and those backing him, but, instead, Russia and China chose the status quo. They also chose to ignore the spiralling violence. They failed to act in the most vulnerable hour for the Syrian people. Canada has continually impressed on Russia and China in Moscow, Beijing and Ottawa that they have a responsibility to bring about a solution to the crisis.  We will continue to work toward a diplomatic end to the violence, for that is the responsible thing to do." (

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