University of Toronto Peace Week

November 07, 2005 07:59 ET

Media Advisory - Denis Halliday at University of Toronto Peace Week

Former head of the Oil for Food programme to suggest Canadians are essentially "combatants" in Iraq Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 7, 2005) - Denis Halliday, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, is expected to suggest that Canadians are essentially "combatants" in Iraq when he speaks at University of Toronto Peace Week on Tuesday, November 8th at 7:30pm in the Edward Johnston Building, 80 Queens Park Crescent.

Halliday has made similar statements about his native Ireland which, like Canada, declined to join the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Ireland allows U.S. warplanes to use Shannon Airport en route to the Middle East, a concession which Halliday says makes the Irish people collaborators in the aggression against Iraq.

Canada permits U.S. warplanes to fly through Canadian airspace and to refuel in Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island.

Peace Week co-ordinator Guru Fatha Singh says: "We fully expect that some will find Mr. Halliday's truth disturbing. He is an honourable and decent witness to what has happened in Iraq. We invited Mr. Halliday, not feed our complacency, but to serve the cause of peace and ordinary justice."

Halliday will also comment on the final report of the inquiry investigating the United Nations Oil for Food program in Iraq. While the report, issued on October 27th, focussed on what it called mismanagement by the UN, it also found that Saddam Hussein was able to make almost $11 billion from selling oil smuggled through Jordan and Turkey.

The Senate investigation in May reported that, "The United States was not only aware of Iraqi oil sales which violated U.N. sanctions and provided the bulk of the illicit money Saddam Hussein obtained from circumventing U.N. sanctions, on occasion the United States actually facilitated the illicit oil sales."
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Contact Information

  • Anna Jaikaran, member of organizing committee, University of Toronto Peace Week
    Primary Phone: 647-280-0594
    Secondary Phone: 416-656-5739