March 19, 2012 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:
“I was extremely troubled to learn earlier today that a senior official of Hamas, a listed terrorist organization, was accredited to attend an event on the margins of the 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva.
“Canada found this completely outrageous. As soon as I learned of this matter, I instructed our delegation in Geneva to make our opposition known at the highest levels and in the strongest of terms. I also instructed the Canadian delegation not to attend any meeting or function where this individual was or might be present.
“I am pleased to note that the accreditation has since been revoked.
“Legitimizing Hamas in any way, shape or form at a UN event is, quite simply, counter to the spirit, purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”