(No. 246 - August 4, 2010 - 3:30 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement welcoming the results of the recent referendum in Zanzibar, which pave the way for the establishment of a government of national unity on the semi-autonomous island:
“I congratulate the people of Zanzibar on holding a peaceful referendum. The results demonstrate a clear desire to overcome past difficulties on the island and to establish a more inclusive government.
“Tanzania remains a key partner for Canada in Africa, and I welcome this important step in the country’s multi-party democratic development.
“I also want to commend the leaders of Zanzibar and the national leaders of Tanzania, including President Jakaya Kikwete, for supporting the referendum process and for their commitment to finding a peaceful, practical means to resolve the long-standing political tensions in Zanzibar.”
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