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Tories Might Tilt to Israel at the UN
Description: With the Palestine-sympathetic Liberals out of power, the Conservatives might change how Canada votes on resolutions concerning Israel at the United Nations, a stance more in line with the U.S.
Date: 31 January 2006
Author: Brian Adeba
Source: Embassy - Canada's Foreign Policy Newsletter
With the Palestine-sympathetic Liberals out of power, the Conservatives might change how Canada votes on resolutions concerning Israel at the United Nations, a stance more in line with the U.S.

When Stephen Harper names his cabinet next week, his first foreign policy priority will be to reaffirm and strengthen relations with the U.S. But another foreign policy challenge that will face his new government will be the way Canada votes at the United Nations, especially on resolutions regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Every year, a number of resolutions which Israel views as being slanted in favour of the Palestinians are introduced in the General Assembly.

Under Liberal rule, Canada voted with the majority of UN members on these resolutions, which touched on a range of issues like the return of Palestinian refugees, the status of Jerusalem, the treatment of Palestinians by the Israeli army and Ariel Sharon's much-maligned defensive barrier in the West Bank.

"The criticism has been that the resolutions were not even-handed and that Israel was singled out for more criticism more often than the Palestinians were," says Michael Byers, a professor of global politics and international law at the University of British Columbia...



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