Canada Condemns Istanbul Bombing

(No. 350 - November 1, 2010 – 5:30 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement condemning the terrorist attack carried out in Istanbul on October 31, 2010:

“Canada deplores the suicide attack against Turkish police carried out in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on October 31. The injured, their families and friends are in our thoughts, and we wish them a quick recovery.

“The attack, which injured civilians as well as police officers, showed a callous disregard for human life on the part of both the bomber and those who directed him. Canada supports its G-20 partner and NATO ally Turkey in its fight against terrorism.

“We have received no reports to date of Canadians injured in this attack. Canadian officials in Ottawa and Istanbul are in close contact with Turkish authorities and are monitoring the situation.

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

Canadians in Turkey who require emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian consulate in Istanbul at +90 (212) 251-9838, or the Canadian embassy in Ankara at +90 (312) 409-2700. Alternatively, they may call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre toll-free at 00800-14-220-0149 or 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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Jacques Labrie
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874