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Mr Francesco SORBARA

Speeches since 2019

18/04/2024 | 18:23:45 Honourable colleagues, In Canada, as I’m sure is the case in many of your countries, the war in Gaza continues to divide us. Canadians mourn the lives lost in the worst attack on the Jewish people since the Shoah, deplore the ongoing captivity of the over 130 hostages, and demand that Hamas be held accountable. Hamas is a terrorist organisation linked and funded by Iran, and it must release the hostages. They also condemn the direst of humanitarian catastrophes – children literally starving... 18/04/2024 | 16:35:30 Thank you and good afternoon, dear colleagues. I would like to start by congratulating the Assembly for its important work on different aspects of our artificial intelligence or AI, such as democratic governance, the prevention of discrimination, and its role in criminal justice systems, healthcare, and labour markets. I would also like to thank the Committee of Ministers for allowing Canada to participate in the elaboration of this draft Framework Convention on Artificial Intelligence, Human... 17/04/2024 | 20:13:09 Good evening everyone, good evening esteemed colleagues. Thank you to the co-rapporteurs for this very comprehensive report. Canada and Albania have enjoyed a close relationship for several years now, during which Canada has noted Albania's role in contributing to political stability in Southeast Europe. In Canada there is a law or a bill that has been put in motion which would actually declare October Albanian heritage month as well as the minister of foreign affairs has visited Albania... 16/04/2024 | 20:09:56 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2)   Honourable colleagues, On 18 March 2008 – a month after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia – the Canadian government joined many other countries in recognizing it. The goal then, as now, was to see Kosovo flourish as a multi-ethnic, democratic state. For the Kosovan government, achieving that goal has necessarily meant progress towards its goal of “full Euro–Atlantic integration.” That is, membership in the EU, NATO and, of course... 16/04/2024 | 19:59:44 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2)   On 15 February 2024, the Government of Ukraine, the World Bank, the European Commission, and the United Nations released an updated estimate on the cost of Ukraine’s recovery and reconstruction needs. The figure was a staggering US$486 billion over the next decade. Since January 2022, Canada has committed more than CDN$13.3 billion in various forms of assistance to Ukraine. We recently signed an agreement on security cooperation that’s... 13/10/2023 | 13:17:11 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Canada is home to over 100,000 Afghan Canadians, many of which live in my riding of Vaughan – Woodbridge; they make a great contribution to our country. The images of chaos and despair at Kabul’s airport in August 2021 are seared in the mind of the international community. Compelled to act, Canada created new refugee programs to provide accelerated assistance, and Parliament set up a special committee on Afghanistan that heard from many... 12/10/2023 | 20:16:14 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Honourable colleagues, Today, the focus of our debate is narrow: the humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. Over 100,000 ethnic Armenians – that is, over 80% of Nagorno-Karabakh’s population – are reported to have fled the region for Armenia in the wake of Azerbaijan’s military intervention last month. Those who remain are believed to be the elderly, sick, and people with disabilities. It is vital that both these populations have access... 11/10/2023 | 20:02:13 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Good afternoon Mr. President, The events of October 7th have shocked us all. I wish to say that myself – and all Canadians – stand with the Israeli people and in full support of the state of Israel, unequivocally. After Hamas fired thousands of rockets and sent dozens of fighters to infiltrate the heavily fortified border between the Gaza Strip and Israel by air, land, and sea, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau strongly condemned the terrorist... 09/10/2023 | 17:21:44 Good evening and thank you Mister President. Dear colleagues, the shootout that took place on 24 September 2023 in the village of Banjska in northern Kosovo was one of the worst confrontations in that region since Kosovo broke away from Serbia in 2008 and declared its independence. I say this knowing that Serbia does not recognise Kosovo as an independent country and that tensions are increasing in that part of the region. It was reported that about 30 masked men opened fire in a police... 27/04/2023 | 20:03:04 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2)   Urgent is one way to describe the topic of our debate. Horrific, unconscionable, and shocking are other words that come to mind. When we think of the most atrocious war crimes, those committed intentionally against children must be placed near the top of the list. And what gives even greater urgency to our debate is that the International Criminal Court, in announcing arrest warrants against President Putin and Ms. Lvova-Belova, made clear...