Canada Expresses Condolences on Death of Richard Holbrooke

(No. 393 - December 14, 2010 - 10:45 a.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the death of Richard Holbrooke:

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish to offer my most sincere condolences to Mr. Holbrooke’s family and friends. Mr. Holbrooke will be remembered for his commitment to the peaceful resolution of conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

“Today marks the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Dayton Accords, the agreement that Mr. Holbrooke brokered to end the war in Bosnia and open the door to stability and democracy for the people of the western Balkans.

“Canada worked very closely with Ambassador Holbrooke in his role as special advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan to find meaningful, durable solutions to problems in this troubled region. His recent efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan are an inspiration to all of us.

”Mr. Holbrooke was a trusted friend of Canada. We valued his views and counsel on the many issues that brought Canada and United States together to promote our common values in a world fraught with conflict and fragility.”

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Melissa Lantsman
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

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