OTTAWA, ON, Sept. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Government of Canada
announced the immediate closure of Canada's Embassy in Iran and the
expulsion of all Iranian diplomats from Canada within five days. In
addition to concerns for the safety of Canada's diplomatic staff, the
Government cited various reasons for the decision, including Iran's
illegal nuclear program, human rights violations, support for
terrorism, and genocidal statements against the state of Israel.
In response, Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish
Affairs, issued the following statement:
"The Centre strongly applauds the principled stand articulated by
Foreign Minister John Baird and the Canadian government. We believe the
suspension of diplomatic relations with Iran and the listing of Iran as
a state sponsor of terrorism is an appropriate Canadian response to the
growing threat Iran represents to global security and stability.
"The deteriorating human rights situation domestically, the destructive
role Iran is playing in Syria, the determination the regime has shown
in its drive to acquire nuclear weapons in defiance of the
international community, and its genocidal pronouncements regarding the
Jewish state require the strongest of responses. We believe that the
removal of Canadian personnel from Iran creates a window of opportunity
for Canada to move towards listing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard
Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist entity, consistent with Canada's
designation of Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism. Such a policy
would further isolate Iran and together with the strictest enforcement
of a comprehensive sanctions program will help ensure Canada exhausts
all diplomatic and legal measures in confronting the regime."
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs is a non-partisan organization
that serves as the advocacy arm of the Jewish Federations of Canada.
SOURCE: Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
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