World Jewish Congress Applauds Canada's Decision to Oppose Palestinian UDI

Jul 13, 2011, 07:43 ET from World Jewish Congress

NEW YORK, July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The World Jewish Congress applauded the Canadian decision to oppose the Palestinian effort to gain recognition as an independent state via a unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) at the United Nations, a move intended to circumvent direct negotiations. This campaign by the Palestinian Authority is intended to evade United Nations resolutions that mandate that the dispute be resolved by direct talks between the parties.

"The World Jewish Congress - North America praises Canada's stance on the Palestinian Authority's effort to unilaterally declare an independent state, in contravention to UN resolutions and to all former agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority," said Evelyn Sommer, Chair, World Jewish Congress - North America. "As well, this effort is a mistaken approach - instead of strengthening the possibility of a genuine and lasting peace, it exacerbates the situation and threatens to deepen the conflict instead of contributing to a resolution. Although the government of Israel has repeatedly called upon the Palestinian Authority to immediately come to the table to restart negotiations, the Palestinian Authority has refused to act responsibly and engage in peace talks."

"The international community must discourage this attempt to yet again undermine the peace talks and to avoid the opportunities to form an agreement that will assure peace and security. The United Nations should not succumb to a gambit that will only result in a serious setback in the peace process," added Sommer.

"Canada has consistently acted responsibly as a member state in the United Nations and continues to set an example for all other member states. We praise Canada's principled stance and urge other United Nations member states to follow suit," said Sommer.

SOURCE World Jewish Congress