Ukrainian News | 23Aug2006 | UkrNews
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Wrzesnewskyj resigns post after comments about Hezbollah

(UkrNews) - Just as this issue was about to be sent to the printer, Aug. 23, 2006, CBC News reported that Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj resigned as foreign affairs critic following his Hezbollah remarks.

Bill Graham, the Liberals' interim leader, told reporters that Wrzesnewskyj tendered his resignation. Graham said that under the circumstances, he felt it was appropriate to accept it, according to the CBC.

The CBC also said that all 10 leadership hopefuls condemned the remarks.

Late the same afternoon Ukrainian News went to press, Wrzesnewskyj issued the following statement:

"Last night upon arrival to Vancouver, I tendered my resignation as Associate Critic for Foreign Affairs to Interim Liberal Leader Bill Graham, and I insisted he accept it."

"It is important that the attention paid to statements I have made not impede the Liberal Party of Canada or the efforts of our caucus to bring forward policies that would reinforce the fragile ceasefire and aid in the humanitarian and infrastructure crises that exist."

"I set a high standard for myself in the role of Associate Critic for Foreign Affairs. In no way do I want any statements I have made to interfere with that role. I went to Lebanon without preconceived conclusions and my comments in South Lebanon were tempered by the overwhelming power of what I had witnessed. I'm clear in my views; and will continue to pursue my fact-finding efforts with respect to the conflict in the Middle East. For this reason, conclusions are premature, as I still have to continue my fact-finding mission to Israel."

"I believe that lasting peace can only be found through dialogue."