Baird Disappointed by Continued UNSC Paralysis

July 19, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“It is with extreme disappointment and deep regret that the world witnessed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) fail the people of Syria yet again today.

“The Security Council had the opportunity to finally do the right thing to enforce a plan through binding sanctions that would have sent a clear message to Assad and those backing him, but, instead, Russia and China chose the status quo. They also chose to ignore the spiralling violence. They failed to act in the most vulnerable hour for the Syrian people.

“Canada has continually impressed on Russia and China—in Moscow, Beijing and Ottawa—that they have a responsibility to bring about a solution to the crisis.

“We will continue to work toward a diplomatic end to the violence, for that is the responsible thing to do.”

- 30 -

For further information, media representatives may contact:

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
Follow us on Twitter: @DFAIT_MAECI