Canada Expresses Condolences to Cambodia Following Water Festival Tragedy

(No. 371 - November 23, 2010 - 2:10 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today expressed condolences to the people of Cambodia after the devastating stampede that resulted in hundreds of deaths and countless injuries on Monday, November 22, 2010, the final day of Cambodia’s annual water festival.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to the families who lost loved ones and wish those who were injured a quick recovery,” said Minister Cannon. “Our thoughts remain with all Cambodians at this difficult time as they cope with this tragic event.”

To date, there are no reports of any Canadians being involved.

The Canadian mission in Bangkok, Thailand, is working closely with local authorities and partners. Canadian citizens in Cambodia requiring emergency consular assistance should 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 who may have been affected by the tragedy should contact Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada at 1-800-387-3124 (Canada and the United States toll-free) or 613-943-1055 (local). They may also email sos@international.gc.ca.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

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