Canada Offers Condolences Following Natural Disasters in Indonesia

(No. 346 - October 27, 2010 - 3:15 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today offered Canada’s condolences to the people of Indonesia following the recent natural disasters that have struck the country.

“Canada is deeply concerned for the people of Indonesia, as they deal with the impacts of the recent tsunami and volcanic eruption,” said Minister Cannon. “On behalf of all Canadians, I offer our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of those killed, and wish a quick recovery to the injured. Canada stands ready to provide support to the people of Indonesia if requested.

“We have received no reports to date of Canadian deaths or injuries due to these disasters. Canadian officials in Ottawa and at the Canadian embassy in Jakarta continue to monitor the impact of the disasters and remain in close contact with Indonesian authorities.

“We invite Canadian citizens in the affected area, even if they have not been affected by these events, to call home and reassure their loved ones.”

Canadians in the affected areas who require emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian embassy in Jakarta at +62 (21) 2550-7800. Alternatively, they may call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre collect at 613-996-8885 or send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

Friends and relatives in Canada seeking information on Canadian citizens believed to be in the affected area should contact the Emergency Operations Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124 or 613-943-1055 or by sending an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

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Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
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