Statement by Minister Cannon on the Elections in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

(No. 211 - July 31, 2009)The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement concerning the parliamentary and presidential elections in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, which were held on July 25:

"Canada congratulates the people of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region on their presidential and parliamentary elections. The elections mark an important step in the evolution of Iraq’s political process.

"Canada also recognizes the important role played by the Independent High Electoral Commission of Iraq in these elections, as well as the significant advisory work performed by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq.

"These elections follow the earlier round of provincial elections in Iraq held in January. Together, they demonstrate the steady development of freedom, democracy and the rule of law, as the Iraqi people work together to build a stable and prosperous future."

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