Canada Condemns Baghdad Bombings

(No. 375 - December 8, 2009 - 4:30 p.m. EST) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding the five devastating car bombings that occurred in Baghdad this morning, killing more than 120 people and wounding hundreds.

"Canada is outraged by the series of deadly suicide attacks that took place in Baghdad today, targeting innocent Iraqi citizens and government buildings.

"Canada strongly condemns these criminal acts that seek to undermine the Iraqi people’s efforts to promote peace and reconciliation. Such cowardly deeds cannot weaken their extraordinary bravery and resilience.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to those injured in the bombings. Our thoughts are with the Iraqi people.

"Despite these horrific acts, the Government of Canada welcomes, and is encouraged by, the Iraqi government’s announcement that parliamentary elections will take place on March 7, 2010. Iraq’s democratic development is testament to the triumph of consensus building over violence. Canada stands firmly with Iraq’s people and government as they work together to advance democracy and the rule of law. In the face of today’s tragedy, Canada encourages all Iraqis to remain steadfast in their pursuit of peace."

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