After freeing Canadian girl, American calls on world to repatriate stranded children in Syrian camps
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New York/Canadian-Media: The former U.S. diplomat, Peter Galbraith who freed a 4-year-old Canadian girl from a detention camp in Syria last week is making a call on Canada and other countries to repatriate all of the children still stranded there.
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Galbraith said the children are and not responsible for what their parents did, or their ties to ISIS and are completely innocent.
According to Human Rights Watch, at least 23 Canadian children, most of them under the age of six, still remain in Syria's detention camps and added many are living in al-Roj and al-Hol, where hundreds of adults and children have died from the fighting in the region, or from a lack of medical care or unsanitary conditions.
"All governments should make an effort to try to get their children back," said Galbraith.
Canada has lagged behind in its efforts to repatriate stranded children in Syria.
Former federal lawyer Leah West, now a university lecturer on national security law and counter-terrorism, said during her visit to the camps in northeastern Syria in 2019, a riot erupted in which a woman was killed and seven others were shot. Just moments before the violence, West said, she was standing surrounded by a group of very young children.
"Canada is really an outlier here," said West. "Most countries in the world who've had citizens travel abroad have to some extent repatriated either children or large numbers of adults. The Canadian government is now losing control over this situation."
Whereas Leah said she expected to see those detained in the camps to smuggle themselves out with increased efforts, and fears Canadians associated with ISIS could be left at large.
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New York/Canadian-Media: A joined meeting was held today between Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, and Alok Sharma, President-Designate of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, U.S. Dept. of State said.
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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma released the following statement following their meeting.
"We resolved today to work closely together to reduce our own emissions and to rally all countries, and most especially the world’s major economies, to strengthen climate ambition. President Biden’s upcoming Leaders Summit on Climate and the G7 leaders meeting to be hosted by the UK are both critical opportunities to build momentum on the way to COP26 in Glasgow.
Our countries are fully committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050. We urge all countries to take the steps needed to keep a 1.5 degree C temperature limit within reach, including through ambitious nationally determined contributions and long-term strategies to cut emissions and reach net zero.
We also resolved to work with other countries to help the world’s most vulnerable adapt and respond to climate impacts and to scale up finance and private investment for both mitigation and adaptation. We also look forward to working with all countries to finalize the Paris Rulebook and successfully advance wider negotiations issues. Strong progress on all of these fronts is critical to ensuring the success we need in Glasgow."
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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Canada-U.S. relationship on their shared priorities and close ties as longtime allies still remain constrained despite repeated bilateral meetings between the two countries, media reports said.
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Despite joint commitments between Canada and the United States (U.S.) leaders and officials on tackling climate change, recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and securing the release of detained Canadians in China Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, U.S. 'Buy American' policy strains the relationship between the two countries.
Canada being one of the strong trading partners in the world with a vibrant commercial and trade relationship, there is a potential of going forward in building more resilient supply chains in making the trade relationship with U.S. even stronger.
The main hurdle Canada needs to resolve to tap into U.S. supply of COVID-19 vaccines is U.S. "Buy American" policy because of an executive order promoting the purchase, production and development of made-in-America goods, signed by Joe Biden, President of the U.S.
In addition, the former U.S. president Donald Trump's executive order ensuring vaccine manufacturers prioritize U.S. contracts before exporting doses elsewhere has not been reversed by Biden.