Canada Disappointed over Diplomatic Expulsion in Fiji

(No. 225 - July 16, 2010 - 4:15 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding Fiji’s expulsion of Australia’s Acting High Commissioner on July 14:

“Canada is disappointed by the decision of the Interim Government of Fiji to expel the Acting High Commissioner of Australia, Sarah Roberts. This decision is unjustified and will only further isolate Fiji from the international community and from its regional partners.

“Canada is a vigorous defender of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. We call once again on the Interim Government of Fiji to re-establish the democratic rights of the people of Fiji by taking immediate steps to restore the constitution, reinstate the judiciary and hold early elections.”

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