The Canadian Press

2000-04-12 | Chretien Mideast

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Jean Chretien said Canada had made no deals with Israel to take Palestinian refugees from south Lebanon. Several reports, quoting Israeli government officials, said Chretien agreed to accept 15-thousand refugees when he met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. But Chretien said the reports were false. (Canada chaired the United Nations working committee on refugees, and therefore had to remain neutral on the question of refugees. The Palestinians refused to agree to the dispersion of any refugees from the Middle East as part of their peace negotiations with Israel.)

Date: 2000-04-12
Placeline: CAIRO, Egypt.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 51 seconds

Transcript Prediction: << for me there is no agreement made by anybody on the problem of refugees or certain number of refugees the problem of refugees come at every discussion I have with everybody because Canada is yet of the committee under refugees and peace protest and so this is coming once every meeting we mentioned refugees but there is no commitment with the any people about the number of refugees and Canada is known as a country that welcome refugees and even the governor general of Canada is if it's part of the tradition about this statement that we made a formal agreement with anybody it's not true >>