(No. 318 - October 28, 2009 - 10:15 a.m. EDT) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement today on the attacks in Kabul:
"Canada strongly condemns the violent attacks that have occurred today in Kabul, in particular the attack on the United Nations guest house that claimed the lives of several people, including United Nations employees, and injured others.
"These cowardly acts, less than two weeks before the second round of Afghanistan’s presidential election, will not deter the international community from supporting Afghans as they exercise their right to vote. We encourage all Afghans to exercise their hard-won right to determine the future of their country by participating in the second round of voting.
"On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the friends and families of those who were killed in the attack and our sympathies to those who were injured.
"Our support to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and to the people of Afghanistan is unwavering.
"Canada is in Afghanistan at the request of the democratically elected Afghan government, and as part of a UN-mandated, NATO-led mission. Canada’s continuing objective is to help Afghans build a stable and secure country based on the fundamental values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law."
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