Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Canada denounces Iran as "the most significant threat to global peace"

Canada announced on Friday (7/9/2012) that it is closing down its embassy in Iran, and has also expelled all Iranian diplomats from the country.
"Canada has closed it's embassy in Iran, effective immediately, and declared persona non gratae all remaining Iranian diplomates in Canada," states Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird in a press release, which later further explains that "Diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended. All Canadian diplomatic staff have left Iran, and Iranian diplomats in Ottawa have been instructed to leave within five days."
Baird expressed a robust and unwavering Canadian government stance on Iran: "Canada's position on the regime in Iran is well known. Canada views the Government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today."
The Canadian Foreign Minister then went on to list the assorted dangerous rogue behaviours of the Iranian regime: "The Iranian regime is providing increasing military assistance to the Assad regime; it refuses to comply with UN resolutions pertaining to its nuclear program; it routinely threatens the existence of Israel and engages in racist anti-Semitic rhetoric and incitement to genocide; it is among the world's worst violators of human rights; and it shelters and materially supports terrorist groups, requiring the Government of Canada to formally list Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism under the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act. Moreover, the Iranian regime has shown blatant disregard for the Vienna Convention and its guarantee of protection for diplomatic personnel. Under the circumstances, Canada can no longer maintain a diplomatic presence in Iran."
The Canadian government's decision was positively received by opposition MPs such as former Attorney-General Prof. Irwin Cotler, co-Chair of the Interparliamentary Group for Human Rights in Iran and International Chair of the Responsibility to Prevent Coalition, which published a report on "The Danger of a Nuclear, Genocidal, and Rights-Violating Iran."
Cotler stated that "The Canadian government's decision to close the Canadian Embassy in Iran - and expel Iranian diplomats from Canada - is as important for the reasons underlying the decision, as the decision itself," adding that "Iran has emerged as a clear and present danger to international peace and security manifested in the four-fold Iranian threat:
  • Iran is in standing violation of international law prohibiting nuclear weaponisation;
  • Iran has already committed the crime of incitement to genocide prohibited under the Genocide Convention;
  • Iran is a leading state-sponsor of international terrorism; and, finally,
  • Iran is engaged in the massive domestic repression of the rights of its own people."
Colter also mentioned other reasons underpinning the Canadian decision:
  • "Iran's complicity in Syria's atrocities;
  • Iran's complicity in assaults upon diplomats from Central Asia to Central America; and
  • the intimidation of Canadian-Iranians in Canada."...
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