Canada boycotts UN body over North Korea

[The following story is taken from the website. Canada had already called for the DPRK to step aside from the rotating chairmanship of the Geneva-based UN Conference on Disarmament. Canada’s Ambassador Marius Grinius had been chairing the Committee earlier this year. –CanKor.]

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird (photo by Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Canada is boycotting a UN body dedicated to disarmament to protest against North Korea being named its chair, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced Monday.

The Conference on Disarmament, where UN members negotiate disarmament and other arms control agreements, is heavily focused on the prevention of a nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmament.

“North Korea is simply not a credible chair at this United Nations body. The regime is a major proliferator of nuclear weapons and its non-compliance with its disarmament obligations goes against the fundamental principle of this committee,” Baird said during a call with media to make the announcement.

“North Korea’s chairmanship undermines the integrity of both the disarmament framework and of the United Nations, and Canada simply will not support that.” Read the rest of this entry »

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