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Axworthy's empty response to Foreign Committee

Dear friends,

This is Canada's Axworthy's empty response to the Canadian Foreign
Committee's recommendation to immediately lift the economic sanctions on
Iraq and restore diplomatic ties with Iraq!! A truly pathetic response
from Axworthy.

Please call the numbers listed in the enclosed press release and express
your frustration with Axworthy's response.

-Rania Masri

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Sent: Monday, April 17, 2000 1:10 PM
Subject: 77 - Axworthy - N. Release - Iraq

> April 17, 2000 (4:10 p.m. EDT) No. 77
> Minister of Foreign Affairs Lloyd Axworthy and Minister for International
> Co-operation Maria Minna today announced $1 million in humanitarian
> assistance for Iraq.
> The humanitarian assistance, funded through the Canadian International
> Development Agency, will be directed toward the upgrading of primary
> schools, hospitals and primary health care centres in the south and centre
> of the country, as well as the repair and maintenance of water treatment
> plants. The funds announced today will go to UNICEF and the International
> Committee of the Red Cross. The assistance is aimed at providing help of
> particular relevance to children.
> "Canada's decision to provide direct assistance to Iraq is consistent with
> our determination to ensure that the humanitarian needs of the people of
> Iraq continue to be addressed while sanctions remain in place," said
> Minister Axworthy.
> Mr. Axworthy noted that while the objectives of the Iraq sanctions regime
> remain clear - to maintain pressure on the Iraqi leadership to meet all of
> its obligations to the UN, including the return of weapons inspectors, and
> to block Iraq's pursuit of weapons of mass destruction programs - it is
> people of Iraq who have borne the brunt of the burdens of the sanctions
> period. He called on the Council to do its utmost to help the Iraqi people
> by ensuring the full implementation of the humanitarian provisions of the
> resolution on Iraq adopted in December 1999.
> "We remain concerned by the situation the people of Iraq face on a daily
> basis," said Minister Minna. "This humanitarian aid will help to ease
> suffering and to ensure that the most vulnerable in society, namely women
> and children, have access to much-needed supplies."
> A Canadian mission, sent to Iraq last November by Minister Axworthy,
> identified key areas where Canadian assistance could have a direct,
> meaningful and immediate impact. Today's funding announcement targets two
> these areas.
> Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2000 federal
> budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.
> - 30 -
> For further information, media representatives may contact:
> Debora Brown
> Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
> (613) 995-1851
> Media Relations Office
> Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
> (613) 995-1874
> Robin Walsh
> Office of the Minister for International Co-operation
> (613) 953-3160
> Media Relations Office
> Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
> (819) 953-6534
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