Statement by Minister Cannon on Attacks in Kabul

(No. 26 - January 18, 2010 - 8:40 a.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement on the attacks today in Kabul:

"Canada vehemently condemns the violent attacks that occurred today in Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul. Details remain unclear at this time, but it appears these attacks, for which the Taliban have claimed responsibility, have killed a number of Afghans and injured many more.

"These attacks clearly demonstrate that the insurgents in Afghanistan have absolutely no regard for the lives of Afghans and are determined to prevent Afghans from living in peace and security and the Afghan government from working for its citizens.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I extend our deepest sympathies to those who were injured and condolences to the friends and families of those who were killed in today's attacks.

"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 continuing 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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