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China urges Canada to hand over asylum-seekers

[JURIST] China is urging the Canadian Embassy in Beijing to hand over 44 possible North Korean asylum-seekers who scaled a fence into the Embassy on Wednesday. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said the group of men, women, and children would be handled in line with international law and "the spirit of humanitarianism" if they were handed over.

Canadian Ambassador Joseph Caron announced the group is staying put for now and remains optimistic that a deal could be made. Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin added that "The ultimate goal is the welfare of the individuals who are there." Beijing has a treaty with the North Korean government that obliges it to send fleeing North Koreans home. CTV.ca has more.

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