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Islamic states block Canada from seat on UNSC due to Israel support

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Islamic states block Canada from seat on UNSC due to Israel support

Canada’s consistent support for Israel in recent years has cost it a rotating seat on the UN Security Council, as Islamic states were able to block its bid for temporary membership this week while the United States barely lifted a finger to defend its closest and oldest ally. Brazil, a rising international power, was instrumental in helping the Organization of the Islamic Conference and Cuba scuttle Canada’s bid to join the Security Council and handing it instead to Portugal, one of the least powerful countries in the European Union with a tradition of antagonism towards the Jewish State. Diplomats at Ottawa’s foreign office admitted that the vote was likely tied to the pro-Israel stance of Prime Minister Steven Harper and a recent visit to Tel Aviv by Trade Minister Peter Van Loan, during which he announced that he intends to strengthen Canada’s trade relations with Israel. "The principles that underlie the policy of foreign affairs - freedom, democracy, human rights and common law - are the foundation of each of these decisions. Some would say that because of our attachment to these values, we lost the seat. If that is the case, so be it," said Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon. Besides the five permanent seats held by the world's main nuclear powers, there are ten temporary seats on the Security Council, of which five new members are chosen once a year for a 2-year stint according to regional groupings.

 

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