Statement by Minister Cannon on Dissolution of Lebanese Government

(No. 19 - January 13, 2011 - 5:45 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement concerning the resignation of 11 members of Lebanon's cabinet and the resulting dissolution of the country's government:

"Despite the cabinet resignations announced yesterday, Canada continues to support a strong, independent Lebanon and the leadership of Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The people of Lebanon deserve a stable government. These resignations are an attempt to subvert a safe and secure Lebanon and cannot be tolerated.

"We urge the parties involved to work toward a solution in order to address the numerous challenges facing the Lebanese people. We also urge all political factions to exercise restraint at this time of political uncertainty. Hezbollah's actions in bringing down the government are a clear attempt to undermine the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Canada believes that the work of the Special Tribunal should go forward so that justice can be served."

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Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
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