STATEMENT BY MINISTER MACKAY ON THE MIDDLE EAST
Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay today issued the following statement, reaffirming Canada’s commitment to the goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East:
“Any assistance to a new Palestinian government will require that government’s commitment to the principle of non-violence, recognition of Israel and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the Quartet’s Roadmap for Peace.
“Canada is currently providing humanitarian aid in the region through various United Nations and non-governmental agencies. However, all funding is subject to further review as the situation develops and future funding will depend on the statements and actions of a new government. During this interim period prior to the formation of a new government, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has Canada’s full support.”