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Canada recalls diplomats from Israel, West Bank

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN Headquarters, in New York, November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Chip East

OTTAWA: Canada's foreign affairs minister is temporarily recalling senior diplomats from Israel, the West Bank and the United Nations missions in New York and Geneva to assess the implications of Thursday's U.N. General Assembly vote to recognize the Palestinians as a non-member observer state.

John Baird also says Canada will review its whole relationship with the Palestinian Authority.

Baird says he is deeply disappointed by the U.N. vote, in which Canada joined Israel, the United States and a few other countries in voting "no." He says the only way to peace in the Middle East is through negotiations, not what he called unilateral actions.

Baird calls the General Assembly decision an impediment to peace.

 

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