Modification : Canada Welcomes Tunisia's New Government

Modification: Change to French title

(No. 38 - Modification - January 29, 2011 – 5 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement welcoming the formation of a new government of national unity in Tunisia, unveiled on January 27, 2011:

"Canada is encouraged by reports that the country is returning to stability. We urge the new unity government to prepare for free and fair elections as a way of addressing the legitimate democratic aspirations of the Tunisian people. In the interim, we urge the government to continue its consultations with all Tunisians as it builds a new society committed to democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

"The Government of Canada stands ready to support the Tunisian people during the months ahead."

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