Canada to boycott UN arms talks headed by N. Korea

By REUTERS
July 11, 2011 21:46

 
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OTTAWA - Canada will boycott the UN Conference on Disarmament for the several weeks that North Korea is chairing it, Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird announced on Monday.

"It's just absurd to have them in the chair," Baird told a conference call. "The regime is a major proliferator of nuclear weapons and its noncompliance with its disarmament obligations goes against the fundamental principles of this committee."

The presidency of the Geneva-based conference rotates alphabetically through its 65 members, but Baird said Canada would seek to change this rule. He said Iran was another country that should not head the disarmament conference.

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