Canadian Foreign Minister hopes to dissuade Canadian involvement in June flotilla


John Baird is urging activists to help through "established channels"


By: NEWS STAFF  
Published: May 30th 2011
in News » Local


Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird

While the Israeli Defence Forces prepare for a June flotilla organized to try and break the blockade of the Gaza Strip, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird is “strongly” urging activists with a desire to bring humanitarian aid to residents in the Gaza Strip, to do so through “established channels.”

 

Just prior to the one-year anniversary of the May 31, 2010, Gaza flotilla incident, Minister Baird issued the following statement with the hope of dissuading Canadians from participating in similar flotillas:

 

“I strongly urge those wishing to deliver humanitarian goods to the Gaza Strip to do so through established channels. Unauthorized efforts to deliver aid are provocative and, ultimately, unhelpful to the people of Gaza.

 

“Canada recognizes Israel’s legitimate security concerns and its right to protect itself and its residents from attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups, including by preventing the smuggling of weapons.

 

“Canada recognizes that there are legitimate and constructive ways to help the people of Gaza. One way is to donate to the International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent. The organization has people on the ground in Gaza to help deliver, among other things, clean water and health care.”



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