TORONTO, March 22 (UPI) -- Canada condemned Monday the slaying of Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin, saying the slaying was unacceptable.
Canadian Foreign Minister Bill Graham, in a statement, said, "Canada fully recognizes Israel's right to defend itself and its citizens against terrorism and has consistently condemned the terrorist attacks it has faced," nothing Canada previously designated Hamas as a terrorist organization, with Sheik Ahmed Yassin as its recognized leader.
However, Graham added: "The extra-judicial killing of Sheik Yassin is simply unacceptable and contrary to Israel's international obligations. We condemn this attack, which will only inflame tensions in the region and create yet another obstacle to achieving a peaceful resolution to the conflict."
The statement called for restraint and said the "only solution to this impasse is a negotiated process toward implementing the Road Map."
Israel blamed Yassin, a paraplegic cleric, for masterminding numerous suicide bombings. He was targeted by helicopter gunships in Gaza while he was leaving a mosque after dawn prayers.