Canada Expresses Concern over Bangkok Violence

(No. 142 – April 22, 2010 – 5:50 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement expressing concern over the recent violence in Bangkok:

“Canada deeply regrets the recent injuries and loss of life in Bangkok, and strongly condemns the cowardly acts that led to them. We urge all parties to address political differences through peaceful, transparent and democratic means.

“We advise Canadians to avoid non-essential travel to central Bangkok’s commercial business district, because of the large-scale political demonstrations occurring there and the significant risk of violent clashes and further unrest. We also encourage Canadians in Thailand to register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service, in order to receive the latest advice from the Canadian embassy.”

Canadian citizens in Thailand requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian embassy in Bangkok at 66 (0) 2636-0540, or call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre collect at 613-996-8885. They may also send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

For more information on the registration service, or to register, Canadians travelling in Thailand and elsewhere may consult Registration of Canadians Abroad.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Ève Cardinal
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874