January 1, 2015 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today released the following statement:
“The decision by the Palestinian Authority to seek to unilaterally accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, among other international bodies, is a concerning and dangerous development.
“Such a provocative decision only furthers the divide between Palestinians and Israelis, and will carry unfortunate consequences. Canada has expressed these concerns directly to the Palestinian Authority for nearly four years now.
“The path chosen can be reversed, and instead, the Palestinian Authority can recommit to a negotiated solution. We believe this is the only way to bring about a just and lasting peace. Israelis and Palestinians deserve nothing less.”
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