Statement by Minister Cannon on Protests in Yemen

(No. 109 - March 18, 2011 - 5:50 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement concerning recent events in Yemen:

"Canada is deeply worried about reports of civilian deaths in Yemen and firmly condemns the use of violence against demonstrators. We are also concerned about the decision of the Government of Yemen to impose a state of emergency, and we urge the Yemeni authorities to protect the safety of all individuals. We strongly encourage that measures be taken to avoid any further violence against protesters.

"Canada calls on the Government of Yemen to fully respect the rights of its people to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.

"We consider the establishment of a sincere and open dialogue between the Government of Yemen, political opposition and civil society as the only valid approach to addressing the concerns of the citizens of Yemen."

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