Canada Welcomes Kenya’s New Constitution

(No. 275 - August 30, 2010 - 7:45 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement congratulating Kenya on adopting a new constitution:

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish to congratulate Kenya on the adoption of its new constitution. This is a significant achievement and an important moment in Kenya’s history.

“We welcome the leadership shown by President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga within the Grand Coalition Government in bringing Kenyans together to tackle their future and make progress through dialogue, and in implementing the reforms set out in the country’s National Accord and Reconciliation Act.

“However, we deplore the Government of Kenya’s invitation to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to attend the constitution’s adoption ceremony. Given the International Criminal Court [ICC] arrest warrants against President al‑Bashir, this contravenes Kenya’s obligations as a state party to the Rome Statute of the ICC, which requires that it cooperate with the Court.

“Kenya is cooperating with the ICC on investigations relating to Kenya’s 2007-2008 election violence and should reaffirm its complete cooperation and commitment to the ICC.”

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