Someone should remind the Syrian charge d'affairs that Syria was invited to participate in the O'Connor Inquiry that examined the details surrounding the rendition and detention of Maher Arar. At the time the Syrians had nothing to say on the subject. They should probably keep it that way.
And that's about as diplomatic a spin as I can put on the situation. Ironic when you consider that it's Mr. Akbik who's supposed to be the diplomat.