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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. Sincerely, -Rania Masri ----- Original Message ----- >From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Foreign Affairs News <email@example.com> Sent: Monday, April 17, 2000 1:10 PM Subject: 77 - Axworthy - N. Release - Iraq > > April 17, 2000 (4:10 p.m. EDT) No. 77 > > > CANADA ANNOUNCES HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR IRAQ > > > 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 the > 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 their > 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 of > 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 > E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org > Internet: http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca (electronic version of the document) > > This document is also available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and > International Trade's Internet site: > http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca > > > -------------------------------------- > The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade E-Mail Subscription Service: > > You are currently subscribed to Foreign Affairs News as: mailto:email@example.com. > > TO UNSUBSCRIBE - Please send a blank e-mail to mailto:leave-fanews-2431D@listserv.dfait-maeci.gc.ca. > > For more information please visit the departmental web site: http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca > -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://welcome.to/casi