Mideast envoys, Baird meet over Israel

John Baird addresses the UN General Assembly in New York, Nov. 29, 2012.

Credits: REUTERS/Chip East


OTTAWA - Canada's UN and Mideast envoys had a "healthy exchange" with Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird Tuesday about recent events in Israel.

Baird, along with International Cooperation Minister Julian Fantino met with the four mission heads in Ottawa after their temporarily recall following the successful bid by the Palestinian Authority to upgrade to semi-state status at the UN.

"It was a good briefing - a healthy exchange on where we are and where we want to go," said Baird's spokesman Rick Roth.

Baird warned there would be consequences following the UN vote. Canada was one of nine nations who opposed the bid.

Roth said no decisions had been made about how the government would proceed.

"We will work with the Obama administration on our approach at the UN, in New York and in Geneva," he said.

Roth also noted a $300-million, five-year funding commitment to the Palestine Authority was nearing its end and under review.

But he said decisions on the funding were not being made as a consequence of recent events.

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