(No. 296 - September 16, 2010 - 1:10 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today expressed Canada’s concern regarding the pattern of escalating violence in Darfur, particularly in camps for internally displaced persons, where over 100 civilians have been killed in recent weeks.
“Canada urges the Government of Sudan to take steps to ensure the safety of Darfur’s citizens, and to allow full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to assist those in need,” said Minister Cannon. “We also urge the Government of Sudan to respect its Status of Forces Agreement with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, to remove all obstacles to the Mission’s operations and to enable it to protect civilians.
“Canada’s main objective is long-term peace and stability in Darfur and all of Sudan. We strongly support the peace process in Doha, Qatar, under the leadership of the African Union-United Nations Joint Chief Mediator for Darfur, Djibrill Ypènè Bassolé. Qatar is playing a key role in the process by providing a venue where the parties can negotiate without fear of intimidation or violence.
“We look forward to the resumption of peace talks and call on all parties to return to the negotiating table. Canada supports a process that is as representative as possible in working toward a sustainable and inclusive peace agreement that meets the needs and aspirations of the people of Darfur.”
Sudan is one of Canada’s foreign-policy priorities. Since 2006, Canada has contributed over $800 million for peace, humanitarian assistance, development aid, security and peacebuilding in Sudan.
For more information on Canada’s engagement in Sudan, please consult Canada: Active in Sudan.
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