07/15/2014 01:39 EDT | Updated 09/14/2014 05:59 EDT

John Baird condemns Hamas rejection of ceasefire with Israel

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has condemned a decision by Hamas to reject an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel.

Baird said the situation should not be characterized as a battle between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but rather between Hamas, which Canada see as a terrorist organization, and the Jewish state.

"The buck stops with Hamas," Baird told reporters in Ottawa. "Hamas started this bloodshed. Hamas can end it.

"The scourge of terrorism must be rejected by all peace-loving peoples around the world," he said.

Baird added that credit should go to President Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, and noted that no rockets had come from areas under Abbas's control.

And he repeated Canada's support for Israel.

"We believe Israel has the right to defend itself by itself."

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