Statement by Minister Cannon on Protests in Syria

(No. 112 – March 19, 2011 – 7:30 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement after the deaths of several protestors in Syria:

"Canada urges the Government of Syria to respect the rights of its people to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression. We call upon the Syrian authorities to fully investigate these deaths.

"We strongly urge all Canadian citizens currently in Syria to register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service in order to receive the Government of Canada’s latest updates and advice."

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