(No. 361 – November 27, 2009 – 11:00 p.m. EST) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement welcoming Israel’s announcement of a 10-month suspension on construction in settlements in the West Bank, excluding East Jerusalem, and calling for the resumption of negotiations in the Middle East:
“Canada believes the announcement made yesterday by the Government of Israel regarding settlements in the West Bank is an important step. We hope this announcement will be accepted by the Palestinians and lead to the resumption of negotiations.
“We recognize that this 10‑month suspension of private settlement construction falls short of what Canada and the international community have called for and will continue to call for. However, we believe that Israel’s announcement demonstrates a constructive approach.
“Canada remains committed to the goal of a two-state solution in which Israel and a future Palestinian state will live side by side in peace and security. Canada continues to urge both sides to resume direct bilateral negotiations.”
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