Canada Concerned over Breach of Ceasefire Agreement in Darfur

(No. 153 - May 5, 2010 - 7 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding a breach of the ceasefire agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Justice Equality Movement:

“Canada regrets the breach of the ceasefire agreement, which was signed in Doha on February 23. At the time of signing, I called on the parties involved to respect the agreement. The recent attacks in Darfur, which led the Justice Equality Movement to walk away from the peace talks in protest, are not in keeping with the ceasefire.

“Canada is concerned by reports of aerial and ground troop attacks in the Darfur region of Sudan. Such attacks increase the hardship suffered by war-affected populations in Darfur.

“Canada calls on signatories to honour their commitments under the ceasefire agreement and other agreements, and to return to the negotiating table in Doha, Qatar, under the auspices of the United Nations-African Union Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, Djibrill Ypènè Bassolé.

“Canada remains committed to promoting sustainable peace in Sudan. Canada has contributed $760 million since 2006 toward peace and humanitarian goals in Sudan, and is engaging actively in the Darfur peace process.”

For more information on Canada’s engagement in Sudan, please consult Canada: Active in Sudan.

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