Statement by Minister Cannon on Protests in Yemen

(No. 71 - February 19, 2011 - 9:40 a.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement concerning the protests taking place in Yemen:

"Canada is watching closely the recent developments in Yemen. We regret the loss of life and call on all parties involved to refrain from violence.

"Canada urges the Government of Yemen to allow peaceful demonstrations and to respect the constitutionally protected right of free expression."

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