Statement by Minister Cannon on Forest Fires in Greece

(No. 231 - August 24, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement expressing Canada’s sympathies to those affected by the forest fires in Greece:

"On behalf of the Government and people of Canada, I wish to express my sincere sympathies to the people of Greece, as well as to all Canadians of Hellenic origin, on the devastation caused by wildfires in Greece.

"Our thoughts are with all those whose homes and properties have been affected by this disaster. If asked, Canada stands ready to offer appropriate assistance where possible."

Wildfires continue to rage in the Athens area, while other fires are burning around the country. Thousands of people have been forced from their homes since the wildfires broke out, and many thousands of hectares of forest and brush around the country have burnt.

- 30 -

For further information, media representatives may contact:

Natalie Sarafian
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada