Update on the Situation in Egypt

(No. 54 - February 6, 2011 - 3:25 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the latest developments in Egypt:

"We take note that discussions between the Egyptian government and opposition parties have begun. Canada reiterates its support for the people of Egypt as they embark on this vital transition toward a more democratic system of government. As I have said before, it is ultimately up to the Egyptian people to decide who will govern them.

"This transition must be both orderly and guided by values such as non-violence, the rule of law, and respect for human rights, including the rights of religious minorities.

"We expect that any government that will emerge will uphold Egypt's commitment to international law, as well as all past peace accords and agreements, including with Israel.

"We believe that reform must make Egypt and the region more stable. While the need for democratic reforms is pressing, reform should not occur in a vacuum that could result in extremism, violence and intolerance. All elements of any future government must never seek to attain political objectives through terrorism.

"Canada stands by the people of Egypt as they work toward a peaceful and democratic transition." ?

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