Canada reiterates opposition to Palestinian UN bid

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday reaffirmed his steadfast opposition to the Palestinian Authority's bid to upgrade its UN status to non-member state, Canada's National Post reported, saying Ottawa would not support any “shortcuts” to peace with Israel.
Harper reiterated that Canada supports a two-state solution, which he said could “not be accomplished, in reality, unless and until the Palestinian Authority returns to the negotiating table and is able to get a comprehensive peace agreement with Israel."
In the interim, Harper said Canada "will not support any other shortcuts, or any other ways of trying to arrive at that solution without such a peace agreement.”
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird was set to speak Thursday at the opening of the General Assembly meeting during which PA President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to present the Palestinian bid.
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