Green Party of Canada Platform: 5.10 Rebuild Canada’s traditional diplomatic muscle, 5.11 The Israel – Palestine Conflict, 5.12 Iran

A continuing review of  the Green Party of Canada’s Platform:

5.10 Rebuild Canada’s traditional diplomatic muscle

The Canadian Foreign Service is suffering from the neglect of successive governments. The Harper government, in particular, has underestimated the importance of a robust diplomatic corps with highly-trained officers.

Canada has traditionally had a fine foreign service. Its officers represent a standard of excellence envied by the world.

Green Party MPs will:

  • Restore adequate financial support to the hiring and training of an outstanding Canadian foreign service and embassies, consular services and High Commissions around the world.

5.11 The Israel – Palestine Conflict

The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is often viewed as intractable and irresolvable. More than three regional wars and two Intifadas have left deep scars on the bodies and in the minds of the people of this troubled region. Strongly held views and historical claims are well entrenched on both sides, making this a complex and crucial conflict to understand. It is an unfortunate and continued source of tension for many in the Middle East and around the world.

It should be clear that continued support and use of military or insurgency strategies will not bring about an end to the conflict. The cycle of violence, loss of life and desecration of human rights must come to an end.

The Green Party of Canada believes that any effort aimed only at one side in this conflict will not end the violent responses that exacerbate human suffering. Canada’s role in the Middle East should be to reduce tensions, find working solutions and uphold international humanitarian law, not to take sides in this chronic conflict. We must work towards a mutually acceptable compromise that will achieve a lasting peace between, and among, the Israelis and Palestinians.

The Green Party supports a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict that addresses the security, economic, and religious concerns of the both sides.

Diplomatic efforts to build constructive relationships between the two communities are required. Continued dialogue will build community support for the negotiated peace agreement, and will ease implementation and ensure that it does not break down from pressures within the Palestinian and Israeli communities.

Green Party MPs will:

  • Endorse the recognition of a Palestinian right to statehood within the internationally recognized borders as described in United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, and support a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict that adheres to pre-1967 borders and incorporates an international plan for stimulating economic prosperity in both nations.
  • Call on both sides to immediately stop the killing of civilians and adhere to international law.
  • Protect as inviolable the right of the State of Israel to exist, in the absence of fear and conflict..
  • Encourage the Canadian government to press for a mutually agreed-upon honest broker to engage in bi-literal and multi-lateral peace talks involving Palestinians and Israelis.
  • Call on Arab countries to use their influence to broker an agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian National Authority to facilitate the promotion of peace amongst the competing Palestinian interests.
  • Call for an end to the collective siege of Gaza so that medical and humanitarian aid can be provided.
  • Actively support the efforts of civil society groups working for peace, human rights, and justice in the region.

5.12 Iran

Lost diplomacy, false rhetoric, and internal power struggles in Iran have led to an election crisis, human rights violations and the present impasse. The brutal suppression of the spirit of democracy in early 2011 strengthens our resolve to see justice and democracy prevail.

The Green Party of Canada unequivocally condemns the human rights situation in Iran. This includes torture, arbitrary arrests, gross miscarriages of Iranian justice and, most disturbing, the death of detainees while in custody. We call upon the Canadian government to reach out to moderate clerics and elected members of the Iranian Majlis to speak out and resist these violations. It is impossible to view the recent Iranian internal crisis in isolation. The history of external interference and repeated rejection of offers of dialogue from past moderate leaders, especially the false ‘Axis of Evil’ doctrine, has contributed greatly to a continued threat against real democracy and human rights in Iran. Equally, corruption and false rhetoric employed by some Iranian leaders widens the divide between the government and the Iranian people.

The Green Party recognizes the rich history of the Persian people, their culture, and the desire of Iranian citizens for peace. The highly educated Iranian civil society should be supported through active, cooperative engagement accompanied by public overtures of dialogue with the Iranian government. There can be no long-term stability in the Middle East if Iran is continually isolated. Real change must come from the Iranian people who in turn must receive a clear signal that nations like Canada not only understand this but are prepared to act in a peaceful, cooperative direction. It is imperative that the mistakes in recent decades not be repeated.

The Iranian economy and environment have suffered greatly from neglect and mismanagement and this plays a significant role in the internal struggle between the government and Iranian people as a whole. Iran faces increasing desertification and soil erosion, putting water and agricultural resources under future threat. Suspected corruption and the suspicions held by many Iranians concerning the safety of Iran’s nuclear program amplify this economic and environmental dilemma. The Green Party recognizes and supports the enormous work of Iranian women who lead the Iranian environmental movement.

The Green Party of Canada condemns the development of, and possession of nuclear weapons by any nation. We believe the dependence on oil and nuclear energy contributes far too much to global military conflict. Global security can only be achieved through peace, democracy and real diplomacy.

The Green Party believes that the Canadian government should begin to develop a truly independent foreign policy toward Iran.

Green Party MPs will:

  • Actively re-engage Iran in a new diplomacy, fully cognizant of the history of the region and internal politics of Iran.

  • Encourage the creation of cooperative programs that offer Iranian civil society members such as lawyers, legislators, judges, civil engineers, environmentalists and other professionals to directly engage with their professional counterparts in Canada

  • Support the Iranian people in their quest to strengthen, through peaceful means, the democratic process within Iran.

  • Condemn all human rights violations and judicial trials in which torture or police brutality is used.

  • Support the environmental movement in Iran by working with other countries and the Iranian government to develop cooperative projects within Iran to address the increasing environmental degradation threatening the country.

  • Call for full Iranian government cooperation with all IAEA inspections and requests concerning Iran’s nuclear program.

  • Offer any and all diplomatic assistance that facilitates engagement and dialogue between Iran and its regional neighbours to ease tensions and foster the stability and peace desired by citizens of the entire region.

Comments and discussion are welcomed.  I am examining this as I go to gain a better grasp of their platform and invite all who are interested to do the same with comments and discussion.

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