Modifications - Minister Baird to Represent Canada at Security and Prosperity Conferences

Modification 1: Change of minister and date in fourth paragraph

Modification 2: Change of Canadian representative in fifth paragraph

Modification 3: Cancellation of teleconference following NATO foreign ministers’ meeting

(No. A/94 - Modification - December 7, 2011) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will travel to Europe from December 5 to 9, 2011, to participate in a series of important meetings with Canada’s international partners.

Minister Baird will first attend the International Conference on Afghanistan in Bonn, Germany, on December 5, 2011. This year’s Bonn Conference comes 10 years after the initial Bonn Conference and will help shape the international contribution to Afghanistan’s future.

Minister Baird will then participate in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council in Vilnius, on December 6 and 7, 2011. He and counterparts will discuss a wide range of security and prosperity issues.

On December 7 and 8, 2011, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, will lead the Canadian delegation at the annual NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels. This meeting sets the stage for next year’s NATO Leaders’ Summit in Chicago and will focus on a number of security issues.

On December 9, 2011, James Lambert, Ambassador of Canada to the Netherlands, will represent Canada at the ministerial meeting on Internet freedom in The Hague. The event will focus on the role of governments, civil society and the private sector in fostering and promoting Internet freedoms around the world.

Minister Baird will host one media availability during his packed European tour:

Teleconference following Bonn Conference

Minister Baird will hold a media teleconference following his participation in the Bonn Conference on December 5, 2011.

Event: Media teleconference
Monday, December 5, 2011
11:30 a.m. ET

Media representatives wishing to participate in this media teleconference should dial 1-877-413-4814 (Canada and the United States toll-free) or 613-960-7526. The access code is 7762101.

Cancellation: Teleconference following NATO foreign ministers’ meeting

For photos, audio and video released throughout this trip, please visit Minister Baird Attends Security and Prosperity Conferences. Preliminary ministerial quotes for each meeting follow.

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Preliminary Quotes

Minister Baird on the Bonn Conference:

“At Bonn, Canada will work with its international partners to support Afghanistan’s transition,” said Minister Baird. “This conference will build on the great work of our men and women in uniform and secure the investments that Canadians, our allies and the Afghan people have made over the last 10 years in building a better future for all Afghans, especially women and children.”

Minister Baird on the OSCE Ministerial Council:

“Canada will continue to work with participating states on a plan to maximize the OSCE’s effectiveness and, specifically, to promote democracy, human rights and security throughout the region,” said Minister Baird.