Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. (Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency)
This is just crazy. My colleague Daniel Proussalidis has the story.
Feds tell N. Korea to quit as UN disarmament group chair
OTTAWA – Canada has called on North Korea to step aside after it gained the chairmanship of the UN Conference on Disarmament based in Geneva.”North Korea is simply not a credible chair of a disarmament body,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said in a statement Thursday. “We call on North Korea to pass the chair on to a credible country that will advance the disarmament agenda within the UN.”Baird also confirmed Canada will review its participation in the conference.North Korea is known as an international threat for its drive to develop nuclear weapons and its hostility to both South Korea and western democracies.The communist and militantly atheist government in Pyongyang provocatively fired a short-range missile into waters off its west coast mere weeks ago.Last year, North Korea angered South Korea after it shelled an island off South Korea’s west coast, killing four people, including two civilians.Still, North Korean ambassador So Se Pyong took over the rotating chairmanship of the conference on Tuesday and received warm congratulations from China, Iran, and Nigeria.This is just the latest UN move to raise eyebrows around the world.Earlier this week, UN bureaucrats endorsed Iran’s “anti-terrorism” conference in Tehran.Iran is considered a prime sponsor of Islamist terror and is a major backer of Hezbollah in Lebanon.Canada will contribute more than $118 million to the United Nations over the coming year.
John Bolton is not the first person to question the authenticity of the WikiLeaks dump of American diplomatic cables. He is however, someone with tremendous knowledge and a lack of motive for helping the Obama administration.
Bolton was George W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations. Democrats tried hard to prevent Bolton from ever taking up his duties so he owes his old opponents no favours. Yet he is either doing one for Hillary Clinton at State or Barrack Obama at the White House…..or Bolton is on to something.
In an analysis of what the release of the cables means to American diplomacy, Bolton raises questions about whether they are real.
Whether and to what extent some released cables are deliberate frauds or mistakes is also unclear, and will require further analysis. At a minimum, some are not what they appear to be. For example, some of the cables seem at first glance to call for State Department personnel to engage in intelligence activities. One, from July, 2009, appears to direct personnel at USUN to spy on the UN Secretariat to obtain biographical and personal information such as computer passwords and frequent flyer numbers. Similar cables were purportedly sent to U.S. embassies overseas.
I can safely say in all of my years at State and USAID, I have never seen a State cable like the one purportedly sent to USUN. Even the sequential numbering on the cable, published by The Guardian, seems out of sync with the cable’s date, which itself is a red flag. I cannot explain the provenance of this particular document, but there is little doubt that Typhoid Mary would now receive a better reception in many countries than Department officers who will now be treated as though they were filching documents from copy machines. Silly as it sounds, this is the kind of cancerous breach of faith that WikiLeaks has intentionally caused.
I joined Charles Adler on Thursday to talk about the video making the rounds showing Cancun climate change delegates partying with abundance. You can see the video of the party we are talking about here.
The Council of Canadians conducted a poll on the issue of climate change ahead of the Cancun climate conference later this month. The most surprising finding…we’re ready to give up sovereignty to an unaccountable global court to prosecute our government and corporations if they don’t live up to climate change targets.
The poll concludes that 77% of Canadians agreed with the statement: “There should be a World Climate and Environmental Justice Tribunal to judge and penalize countries and corporations whose actions have contributed to climate change and damaged the environment.”
You can read more about the poll here, including the claim that Canadians are against war but want to spend all our military dollars on climate change.
Brian Lilley is the host of Byline on Sun News Network and a senior correspondent for Sun Media's Parliamentary Bureau in Ottawa. His weekly column is published in more than 30 daily newspapers across Canada and he appears on several leading talk radio stations.
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Brian Lilley is Senior Correspondent for Sun Media on Parliament Hill.
Brian has been covering politics for the last 10 years. Five of those years were spent as Ottawa Bureau Chief.