(No. 44 – February 2, 2011 – 6:45 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the escalating violence in Egypt:
"I am very concerned at the violence that broke out in Cairo, Alexandria, and other parts of Egypt today. Canada condemns the use of violence by all sides and urges all parties to show restraint and ensure that minority rights are respected.
"I call on the Government of Egypt to protect the peaceful demonstrators and journalists against further attacks. If the Government of Egypt was in any way involved in instigating attacks on the peaceful demonstrators, this would be unacceptable and of grave concern.
"Our government continues to stand by the people of Egypt as they demand democratic reforms and respect for human rights. We urge the Government of Egypt to begin an immediate transition toward serious democratic reform.
"We also extend our condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed or injured during recent events in Egypt."
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