When UN General Assembly president, Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser, declared a moment of silence to acknowledge the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il yesterday two things happened.
The first was Nasser summoned the North Korean ambassador Sin Son-Ho to convey his condolences to the country's government and people, while envoys from other nations respectfully bowed their heads.
"It is my sad duty to pay tribute to the memory of the late Kim Jong-il," Nasser said at the start of the assembly session.
The second thing that happened was that representatives from Canada, the U.S., South Korea, Japan, and several European nations stood up and left the room in protest.
As QMI Agency reports, the group of delegates refused to honour the recently deceased leader, under whose 17-year reign an estimated three million people starved to death, while 200,000 remain imprisoned in labour camps.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird supported the move, expressing his distaste for the UN tribute.Read More »from Canada boycotts UN tribute to Kim Jong-il