The Government of Canada Condemns Kandahar Bombing

(No. 234 - August 25, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the deadly bombing that occurred in Kandahar:

"Canada strongly condemns the violent attack that occurred in Kandahar today, only days after the presidential and provincial council elections—a historic undertaking by the Afghan people.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to express our sympathies for those injured and offer our sincere condolences to the friends and families of those who were killed in today’s attack.

"This attack once again demonstrates that regressive forces in Afghanistan will go to great lengths to inflict pain and suffering on the Afghan people and prevent Afghanistan from emerging as a safe, secure and peaceful society.

"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 continued 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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