Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2001 10:01 PM
Subject: The Right to Self-determination

Canada Palestine Association,
POBox, 1085
Halifax, NS, B3J 2X1
The Hon. Mr. John Manley
Minister of Foreign Affairs
April, 7, 2001
Dear Mr. Manley:
Canada's vote in abstention, on the resolution on the right of self determination for the Palestinian people before the UN Commission on Human Rights, is a clear abrogation of our country's claim for support for the human rights of all peoples, and contradicts our previous stand on this issue.
The claim, made by the US and Israel, that supporting this resolution undermines the peace efforts, is a calumny. Since when has it become the norm to allow an illegally-occupying power to have the veto on the rights of a people that have been brutally oppressed by this occupying power in defiance of international law and repeated Security Council resolutions for over 33 years?
How long must our country remain subservient to US diktats?
Yours sincerely
Ismail Zayid, MD.
President, Canada Palestine Association.