Canada Condemns Mogadishu Suicide Bombing

(No. 371 – December 3, 2009 - 6:35 p.m. EST) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement regarding today’s suicide bomb attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia:

"On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed in today’s attack in Mogadishu, and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.

"Canada strongly condemns the attack. Violence toward civilians and government officials will not bring peace to Somalia.

"Those killed include students graduating from medical school, journalists and government ministers responsible for education and health. Expertise in these areas is desperately needed in Somalia, and this attack shows that those responsible are more concerned with their narrow agenda than with the well-being of the Somali people.

"Canada encourages all parties in Somalia, including the government and armed opposition groups, to work together to promote peace and reconciliation."

Since December 2006, Canada has provided over $65 million in humanitarian assistance to help respond to the urgent needs of Somalis and of Somali refugees in Kenya.

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