Baird Appalled by Reports of UN Agency Handing Over Weapons to Hamas

July 22, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“I was appalled to hear reports, one as recent as today, of stockpiles of rockets in a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza.

“Even more alarming were reports that in the first case, officials with the United Nations returned these weapons to Hamas, a listed terrorist organization, once Israeli officials discovered their location.

“Canada unequivocally calls on the United Nations to launch an immediate independent investigation to determine the facts surrounding these reports.  Canada also calls on the United Nations to ensure that in the second case, no rockets are returned to Hamas.

“Anything less than an independent investigation would be absolutely unacceptable. 

“If proven true, this would fly in the face of all that the United Nations should stand for as an institution committed to the peace and security of its members.”

Article 1 of the Charter of the United Nations states that the UN’s purpose is to “…maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace.”

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